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

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 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. 

Pos.TeamPoints
1Red Bull759
2Ferrari554
3Mercedes515
4Alpine173
5McLaren159
6Alfa Romeo55
7Aston Martin55
8Haas37
9AlphaTauri35
10Williams8
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