Formula 1: Training Sochi – engine change: penalty for Verstappen

Engine change: penalty for Verstappen

The starting positions could hardly be more different: While Mercedes dominates in Sochi, Max Verstappen has to start from behind.

Mercedes alone on the road on day one in Sochi: Valtteri Bottas tops the second training session for the Russian GP, ​​as he did in the morning. With a time of 1: 33.593 minutes, the Finn is almost 44 thousandths ahead of team-mate Lewis Hamilton in the end.
But Hamilton doesn’t have to worry that his stable mate, who is migrating to Alfa Romeo, will stand in his way on Sunday: Bottas had already announced in the run-up to the weekend that he would drive aside for his teammate in the world championship fight. As expected, the start for Mercedes in Russia is going strong with two double best times: The Silver Arrows are still unbeaten on the 2014 track.
Hamilton had to survive the only moment of shock in the pit lane on Friday: When he returned to the pit, his brakes locked, he shot a little beyond the parking position and cleared the man with the jack. The mechanic can quickly get up again and remains largely unharmed, Hamilton apologizes with a show of hands.

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But the news of the day is different: World Cup leader Max Verstappen starts from the very back in Sochi! Red Bull changes the engine of the Dutchman between the training sessions on Friday and feeds a completely new fourth power unit into his pool.

Valtteri Bottas with two best times on Friday

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Verstappen’s three places penalty for the crash with Hamilton in Monza is no longer valid – and is still the “cause” for the action, as Red Bull advisor Helmut Marko calculates: “Mercedes is incredibly strong here. If we count now: We will Third in qualifying, plus three, it is sixth place. If we had then taken the other engine with ten places back, it would be 16. But there is not much difference between 16 and 20, so we decided on the complete package to swap. “

Verstappen also explains: “We had to take the penalty. If not here, then somewhere else. Now we just have to try to find the best possible racing car for this weekend.” He gets pity from World Cup opponent Hamilton of all people: “Sure it’s a shame for him, but we have to try to capitalize on it and get a one-two,” said the Briton as punishment for his big rival.

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It is unusual that Red Bull is already using the new unit on Friday. “The reason is the weather situation so that we can optimally calibrate the new engine,” explains Marko. “We had to adjust the strategy a bit, because you need some time to run the engine in. That wouldn’t be optimal in the rain.”

On the Black Sea coast, sometimes violent storms are announced for Saturday. The race management has therefore already made changes to the schedule, including bringing the Formula 3 race forward to Friday in order to create a buffer for eventual rain shifts during the F1 quayifying.

If the rain continues until Sunday, Red Bull’s plan could backfire, as Marko admits: “When it’s wet, it’s difficult from the end of the field with all the spray,” admits the Austrian. The fact that Verstappen only finished sixth on Friday, 1.028 seconds behind, is negligible, according to Marko: “Of course, we now primarily looked at our race set-up and did most of the work there. But we still have to find more top speed.” So that Verstappen can overtake on his targeted race to catch up …

Red flag after the crash of Antonio Giovinazzi

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Another driver from the Red Bull camp finished third in Friday practice: AlphaTauri driver Pierre Gasly is two and a half tenths behind the Mercedes duo, ahead of McLaren driver Lando Norris and Esteban Ocon in the Alpine. Aston Martin star Sebastian Vettel finished the session in ninth place, compatriot Mick Schumacher at the Haas, like in the first practice session, did not get past 20th and last place.

The notch at the exit of Turn 9 provides action in particular: Ferrari man Charles Leclerc only turns when accelerating out (the Monegasse also has to start from behind after changing the engine, like Verstappen), but without consequences. Antonio Giovinazzi did the same a little later, but could not prevent an impact with the rear. The Italian then has to park his Alfa Romeo and ensures a temporary break with the red flag.

Result of 2nd practice, Russian GP:

1. Valtteri Bottas (Finland) – Mercedes 1: 33.593 min.
2. Lewis Hamilton (Great Britain) – Mercedes +0.044 sec.
3. Pierre Gasly (France) – Alpha Tauri +0.252
4. Lando Norris (Great Britain) – McLaren +0.561
5. Esteban Ocon (France) – Alpine +0.809
6. Max Verstappen (Netherlands) – Red Bull +1.028
7. Carlos Sainz Jr. (Spain) – Ferrari +1.085
8. Fernando Alonso (Spain) – Alpine +1,169
9. Sebastian Vettel (Heppenheim) – Aston Martin +1.244
10. Charles Leclerc (Monaco) – Ferrari +1,332
11. Sergio Perez (Mexico) – Red Bull +1.345
12. Kimi Raikkonen (Finland) – Alfa Romeo +1.459
13. George Russell (UK) – Williams +1.501
14. Antonio Giovinazzi (Italy) – Alfa Romeo +1,585
15. Lance Stroll (Canada) – Aston Martin +1.741
16. Nicholas Latifi (Canada) – Williams +1.818
17. Daniel Ricciardo (Australia) – McLaren +2,037
18. Yuki Tsunoda (Japan) – Alpha Tauri +2,361
19. Nikita Masepin (Russia) – Haas +2.506
20. Mick Schumacher (Gland / Switzerland) – Haas +2,637

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