A dominant display from Valtteri Bottas saw the Mercedes driver take victory at the 2021 Turkish Grand Prix ahead of Red Bull’s Max Verstappen, with Lewis Hamilton eventually finishing fifth. But are the F1 Drivers’ Championship standings affected?

Hamilton made a charge through the field, eventually making it to third place, but was called into for a pit stop on Lap 51 which resulted in a drop to fifth position. 

As a result, Verstappen retakes the lead of the Drivers’ Championship from Hamilton, with the Dutchman opening up a six-point gap on his title rival. 

Interestingly, no driver has had more than an eight point advantage at the top of the standings this season, and after the last six Grand Prix we have had the Drivers’ Championship lead change four times. 

F1 2021 Drivers’ Standings after Turkish GP

1Max VerstappenRed Bull262.5
2Lewis HamiltonMercedes256.5
3Valterri BottasMercedes177
4Lando NorrisMcLaren145
5Sergio PerezRed Bull135
6Carlos SainzFerrari116.5
7Charles LeclercFerrari116
8Daniel RicciardoMcLaren95
9Pierre GaslyAlphaTauri74
10Fernando AlonsoAlpine58
11Esteban OconAlpine46
12Sebastian VettelAston Martin35
13Lance StrollAston Martin26
14Yuki TsunodaAlphaTauri18
15George RussellWilliams16
16Nicholas LatifiWilliams7
17Kimi RaikkonenAlfa Romeo6
18Antonio GiovinazziAlfa Romeo1
19Mick SchumacherHaas0
20Robert KubicaAlfa Romeo0
21Nikita MazapinHaas0

Elsewhere in the Constructors Championship, Mercedes now hold a lead over Red Bull of 36 points after Sergio Perez came in third behind Bottas and Verstappen. ninth. And Ferrari closed the gap with McLaren to just 7.5 points as the pair battle for third position. 

2Red Bull397.5
7Aston Martin61
8Williams 23
9Alfa Romeo7
F1 – Turkish Grand Prix – Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas on the podium after winning the race alongside second place Red Bull’s Max Verstappen and third place Sergio Perez REUTERS/Murad Sezer


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