A rain soaked end to the 2021 Russian Grand Prix meant Lewis Hamilton took victory ahead of Lando Norris, while Max Verstappen stormed through the field to finish second. But are the F1 Drivers’ Championship standings affected?

Hamilton had an excellent chance to score heavy points over Verstappen as the Dutchman started from the back of the grid at Sochi after changing the engine on his Red Bull car. It looked like that was going to happen, but a late rain shower mixed up the field and allowed Verstappen into second, this minimising the potential damage caused by fitting a new power unit. 

That said Hamilton did overtake Verstappen at the top of the F1 Drivers’ Standings, turning a five point deficit into a two point lead over the Red Bull driver as the F1 circus heads to Turkey on October 8.

F1 2021 Drivers’ Standings after Russian GP

Pos.DriverTeamPoints
1Max VerstappenRed Bull454
2Charles LeclercFerrari308
3Sergio PerezRed Bull305
4George RussellMercedes275
5Carlos SainzFerrari246
6Lewis HamiltonMercedes240
7Lando NorrisMcLaren122
8Esteban OconAlpine92
9Fernando AlonsoAlpine81
10Valtteri BottasAlfa Romeo49
11Sebastian VettelAston Martin37
12Daniel RicciardoMcLaren37
13Kevin MagnussenHaas25
14Pierre GaslyAlphaTauri23
15Lance StrollAston Martin18
16Mick SchumacherHaas12
17Yuki TsunodaAlphaTauri12
18Zhou GuanyuAlfa Romeo6
19Alex AlbonWilliams4
20Nyck De VriesWilliams2
21Nicholas LatifiWilliams2
22Nico HulkenbergAston Martin0

Elsewhere in the Constructors Championship, Mercedes extended their lead over Red Bull by 15 points after Valtteri Bottas grabbed fifth ahead of Sergio Perez in ninth. And McLaren slightly increased their advantage over Ferrari in the battle for third place.

F1 Constructors Championship after 2021 Russian GP

Pos.TeamPoints
1Red Bull759
2Ferrari554
3Mercedes515
4Alpine173
5McLaren159
6Alfa Romeo55
7Aston Martin55
8Haas37
9AlphaTauri35
10Williams8
Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton celebrates on after winning the 2021 Russian GP alongside second place Red Bull’s Max Verstappen and third place Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz Jr. REUTERS/Anton Vaganov