‘Verstappen will want to achieve good result at all costs’
By Srihari HS 23 September 2020 | 16:07
Could anyone break Mercedes’ winning streak in Sochi this weekend? Ahead of the Russian Grand Prix, Formula 1 looked at who could potentially get the pole position, victory, and points. Greg Stuart says that Red Bull Racing may have a chance since they do better on softer compounds than Mercedes.
Stuart starts his analysis on Red Bull’s chances with the prominent driver. Max Verstappen will be highly motivated to secure a podium at Sochi Autodrom: “Max Verstappen will be chomping at the bit to get a decent result under his belt after a pair of point-less races in Italy”
“Hot off his maiden podium at Mugello, Albon would love to follow it up with another one, at a track where he flew in Formula 2 in 2018, winning the Feature Race and taking P3 in the Sprint Race,” Stuart believes the Thai-Brit has the advantage on this circuit.
Will Pirelli lend a hand to Red Bull?
Pirelli is bringing its softest tire set to Russia, and this is good news for Red Bull, according to the Formula 1 editor. “Red Bull should also enjoy life on the softest Pirelli compounds being used for the first time this season in Russia, with the RB16 traditionally better than the Mercedes W11 at managing its tyres”
“When softer rubber was used for the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix, it allowed Max Verstappen to take the fight to the Silver Arrows and claim victory” the Formula 1 expert reminded his audience of the history.
On a strategic level, we cannot expect anything exciting: “The slower speed limit in the pit lane here (60km/h rather than the usual 80) and low degradation generally also means that one-stop strategies are preferred.”
“Red Bull’s best chance to disrupt Mercedes could be to pressure them into using up their tyres quicker than they’d like” Stuart concluded. If Red Bull manages to force its German competitor into a two-stopper, it could open the way to a victory. (Photo: Red Bull Content Pool / Getty Images)
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