Max picked up another top-two finish as both Aston Martin Red Bull Racing and Scuderia AlphaTauri can celebrate double-points finishes in the Russian Grand Prix.

 

For the first time since last year’s Monaco GP, all Honda-powered cars finished in the points and Max’s second place means that Honda has now finished on the podium 20 times in the current hybrid-powered era.

After a stunning qualifying performance, Max was slightly slow away on the dirty side of the grid and dropped to fourth on the opening lap but regained third before an early Safety Car period interrupted matters. The Safety Car was required after Carlos Sainz crashed at Turn 2, and Alex – who had to start from 15th due to a gearbox penalty – was shuffled to the back of the field as a result, opting to pit for hard tyres after starting on softs.

Pierre made good progress at the start while Daniil started on hards and was able to run long in the first stint. After Pierre pitted for hards on lap 18 and Max on lap 25, Daniil was running third on the road before Max overtook him two laps after his pit stop, with the Russian extending his first stint to lap 30 before switching to mediums.

Max rose to second place behind Valtteri Bottas as Lewis Hamilton had a ten-second time penalty and was well adrift in third, meaning the Dutchman had a comfortable run to the flag and scored Red Bull’s first podium in Russia.

Daniil’s stop saw him emerge in eighth place ahead of Kimi Raikkonen, with Pierre struggling to pass the Finn. The difficulty in overtaking was highlighted as Daniil quickly caught Esteban Ocon but could not find a way through and had to settle for eighth place.

Pierre ended up two-stopping as AlphaTauri tried to take advantage of a brief Virtual Safety Car period to switch to a new set of medium tyres with 11 laps remaining and he had to overtake Alex and Lando Norris to get back up to ninth, finishing directly behind his team-mate.

Red Bull committed to a two-stop race early and Alex made a second stop for medium tyres on lap 27 before fighting back through the field, overtaking multiple cars – including an excellent move around the outside of Antonio Giovinazzi at Turn 13 – before getting Norris late on for tenth place and the final point.

Verstappen Takes Second Place At The Russian Grand Prix As Honda Drivers Finish In The Points

Toyoharu Tanabe

Technical Director, Honda Racing F1

It was a good day from a Honda point of view, with four cars in the points for the first time since last year’s Monaco Grand Prix. That is particularly satisfying after we had experienced some reliability issues in the last couple of races. Max and Aston Martin Red Bull Racing delivered a good performance to split the Mercedes and finish second. After starting 15th due to a gearbox penalty, Alex made his two-stop strategy work to bring him a valuable point for tenth place. Scuderia AlphaTauri had a strong race, with both Daniil and Pierre getting some good overtaking moves on their way to eighth and ninth respectively. We now return to Europe and the Eifel Grand Prix in Germany in a fortnight. It will be the first time we have raced at the Nurburgring in this hybrid era, so we will be doing plenty of simulation work in preparation for it.

Max Verstappen

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2nd

We can be very happy with second place today, especially on a track where we know that we aren’t normally so competitive. It is a good amount of points for the Team and what we needed after the last few races. There was very low grip on the inside of the grid at the start, which cost us a bit and the first few corners were pretty interesting, but we stayed calm and I quickly moved past Daniel again. I struggled to follow the Mercedes cars on the medium tyre as I had a lot of oversteer but once I pitted on to the hard we were more competitive and I focused on my own race which we managed well. It’s good to be back on the podium and we can definitely be pleased to finish within eight seconds of Bottas on this track.

Aston Martin Red Bull Racing
Daniil Kvyat

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8th

I’m really happy with today, my home Grand Prix couldn’t have gone much better. It was a tough race, I always had to push to make the strategy work, but this is the kind of racing I like. When I saw Hamilton behind me and I was able to keep him behind for a couple of laps, I thought the pace in the race is amazing. I was confident this morning that we could have had a good race as I’m normally quite strong when it comes to Sundays. It’s just a shame I wasn’t able to force Ocon into a mistake, otherwise P7 was definitely on the table, we were quicker but it’s hard to overtake with these modern F1 cars. I’m happy with my driving and we got some good points for the team. The car is there, the pace is there, so we have to keep pushing for the rest of the season, hopefully we can gain a position in the Championship.

Scuderia AlphaTauri Honda
Pierre Gasly

Pierre Gasly 10

It wasn’t an easy race for us. I had a good start and was running in P7, but then we lost quite a lot of time in the middle part of the race when I was fighting with Alex and Kimi. We got overcut by Charles, but I was pretty fast and was trying to catch him. If the Virtual Safety Car period had been a bit longer, it would have certainly helped with a free stop, but it was shorter than expected so I paid for it a bit. However, I tried to recover as best as I could and was able to overtake a few cars. It’s a bit disappointing as the car felt great, we had good pace and I think we could have done more today.

Scuderia AlphaTauri Honda
Alexander Albon

Alexander Albon 23

Today was a lot of work for one point and it wasn’t an easy race. We struggled at the beginning to overtake and get through the pack on the hard tyre and so we lost a lot of time. When we swapped to the mediums it was a little better and we did as much as we could but it was difficult out there and a frustrating race. We were just in traffic the whole time without any clean air so we couldn’t put down any really good laps. After the gearbox penalty, today was about damage limitation and now I’m already focusing on Germany and having a cleaner weekend in two weeks’ time.

Aston Martin Red Bull Racing
Formula 1 VTB Russian Grand Prix 2020

Sochi, Russia

F1 2020, Round 10

Sunday 27 Sep 2020, 13:51 Europe/London
# Driver Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Valtteri Bottas 77 FIN 25 Mercedes AMG Petronas Mercedes 1:34:00.364
2 Max Verstappen 33 NDL 20 Aston Martin Red Bull Racing Honda +7.729
3 Lewis Hamilton 44 GBR 16 Mercedes AMG Petronas Mercedes +22.729
4 Sergio Perez 11 MEX 13 Racing Point F1 Team Mercedes +30.558
5 Daniel Ricciardo 3 AUS 11 Renault Sport Renault +52.065
6 Charles Leclerc 16 MCO 10 Ferrari Ferrari +62.186
7 Esteban Ocon 31 FRA 9 Renault Sport Renault +68.006
8 Daniil Kvyat 26 RUS 8 Scuderia AlphaTauri Honda Honda +68.740
9 Pierre Gasly 10 FRA 7 Scuderia AlphaTauri Honda Honda +89.766
10 Alexander Albon 23 THA 6 Aston Martin Red Bull Racing Honda +97.860
11 Antonio Giovinazzi 99 ITA 5 Alfa Romeo Racing Ferrari +1 Lap
12 Kevin Magnussen 20 DEN 4 Haas Ferrari +1 Lap
13 Sebastian Vettel 5 GER 3 Ferrari Ferrari +1 Lap
14 Kimi Räikkönen 7 FIN 2 Alfa Romeo Racing Ferrari +1 Lap
15 Lando Norris 4 GBR 1 McLaren Renault +1 Lap
16 Nicholas Latifi 6 CAN 0 Williams Racing Mercedes +1 Lap
17 Romain Grosjean 8 FRA 0 Haas Ferrari +1 Lap
18 George Russell 63 GBR 0 Williams Racing Mercedes +1 Lap
NC Carlos Sainz Jr 55 SPA 0 McLaren Renault DNF
NC Lance Stroll 18 CAN 0 Racing Point F1 Team Mercedes DNF
Driver Standings
Sunday, 27 Sep 2020 - Open world standings grid
# Driver Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr.
1 Lewis HAMILTON 44 GBR 208 Mercedes AMG Petronas Mercedes
2 Valtteri BOTTAS 77 FIN 174 Mercedes AMG Petronas Mercedes
3 Max VERSTAPPEN 33 NDL 137 Aston Martin Red Bull Racing Honda
4 Alexander ALBON 23 THA 87 Aston Martin Red Bull Racing Honda
5 Lando NORRIS 4 GBR 87 McLaren Renault
6 Daniel RICCIARDO 3 AUS 83 Renault Sport Renault
7 Sergio PEREZ 11 MEX 76 Racing Point F1 Team Mercedes
8 Lance STROLL 18 CAN 75 Racing Point F1 Team Mercedes
9 Charles LECLERC 16 MCO 74 Ferrari Ferrari
10 Pierre GASLY 10 FRA 71 Scuderia AlphaTauri Honda Honda
11 Carlos SAINZ JR 55 SPA 60 McLaren Renault
12 Esteban OCON 31 FRA 59 Renault Sport Renault
13 Daniil KVYAT 26 RUS 53 Scuderia AlphaTauri Honda Honda
14 Sebastian VETTEL 5 GER 47 Ferrari Ferrari
15 Kimi RäIKKöNEN 7 FIN 24 Alfa Romeo Racing Ferrari
16 Kevin MAGNUSSEN 20 DEN 16 Haas Ferrari
17 Antonio GIOVINAZZI 99 ITA 16 Alfa Romeo Racing Ferrari
18 Romain GROSJEAN 8 FRA 13 Haas Ferrari
19 George RUSSELL 63 GBR 11 Williams Racing Mercedes
20 Nicholas LATIFI 6 CAN 11 Williams Racing Mercedes
21 Nico HULKENBERG 27 GER 9 Racing Point F1 Team Mercedes