Valtteri Bottas will get new elements of the Mercedes power unit which will give  him a penalty at the start of the Russian Grand Prix which he will start from 17th place after being seventh in the qualifying.

It is not known why Mercedes decided on this move since Bottas got the fourth engine in the last race in Monza and therefore started from the back of the grid, but it is possible that they want to influence Verstappen’s attempt to break into the top of the standings after the Dutchman got a new power unit this weekend.

Latifi in Williams and Leclerc in Ferrari also took the fourth power units so they too will start from the back of the standings.

Hamilton is now one of the few leading drivers who did not take the fourth engine, as well as McLaren drivers, and Mercedes must decide when and whether to introduce a new engine for its driver.

Norris will start the Russian Grand Prix from pole position, for the first time in his F1 career, and brought McLaren their first pole position since the 2012 Brazilian Grand Prix, while Sainz will start from the front row for the first time in F1.

Russell starts third, the second time this season to start in the top three after the Belgian GP, ​​Hamilton is fourth after a qualifying error that he admitted was ‘embarrassing’ but is determined to redeem himself in the race.

RUSSIAN GP STARTING GRID

1 4 Lando Norris McLaren/Mercedes 1:41.993
2 55 Carlos Sainz Jr. Ferrari 1:42.510 0.517
3 63 George Russell Williams/Mercedes 1:42.983 0.990
4 44 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:44.050 2.057
5 3 Daniel Ricciardo McLaren/Mercedes 1:44.156 2.163
6 14 Fernando Alonso Alpine/Renault 1:44.204 2.211
7 18 Lance Stroll Aston Martin/Mercedes 1:44.956 2.963
8 11 Sergio Pérez Red Bull/Honda 1:45.337 3.344
9 31 Esteban Ocon Alpine/Renault 1:45.865 3.872
10 5 Sebastian Vettel Aston Martin/Mercedes 1:46.573 4.580
11 10 Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri/Honda 1:46.641 4.648
12 22 Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri/Honda 1:46.751 4.758
13 7 Kimi Räikkönen Alfa Romeo/Ferrari 1:49.586 7.593
14 47 Mick Schumacher Haas/Ferrari 1:49.830 7.837
15 99 A.Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo/Ferrari 1:51.023 9.030
16 9 Nikita Mazepin Haas/Ferrari 1:53.764 11.771
17 77 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:44.710 2.717
Starting from the back of the grid due after using additional PU elements
18 6 Nicholas Latifi Williams/Mercedes
Starting from the back of the grid due after using additional PU elements
19 16 Charles Leclerc Ferrari
Starting from the back of the grid due after using additional PU elements
20 33 Max Verstappen Red Bull/Honda
3 place grid penalty for incident with Hamilton in Monza
Starting from the back of the grid due after using additional PU elements

PU ELEMENTS OVERVIEW

Status: Sunday at Russian GP (race 15/22)

Driver Car PU ICE TC MGU-H MGU-K ES CE EX
Lewis Hamilton Mercedes Mercedes 3 3 3 3 2 2 3
Valtteri Bottas Mercedes Mercedes 5 5 5 4 2 3 5
Max Verstappen Red Bull Honda 4 4 4 4 3 3 7
Sergio Perez Red Bull Honda 4 4 4 4 4 4 6
Daniel Ricciardo McLaren Mercedes 3 3 3 2 2 2 3
Lando Norris McLaren Mercedes 3 3 3 3 2 2 5
Lance Stroll Aston Martin Mercedes 3 3 3 2 2 2 3
Sebastian Vettel Aston Martin Mercedes 3 3 3 3 2 2 4
Fernando Alonso Alpine Renault 3 3 3 3 2 2 8
Esteban Ocon Alpine Renault 3 3 3 3 2 2 8
Charles Leclerc Ferrari Ferrari 4 4 4 3 3 3 6
Carlos Sainz Ferrari Ferrari 3 3 3 2 2 2 6
Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri Honda 3 3 3 3 3 3 6
Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri Honda 4 4 4 4 3 3 7
Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo Ferrari 3 3 3 2 2 2 6
Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo Ferrari 3 3 3 2 2 2 6
Nikita Mazepin Haas Ferrari 3 3 3 2 2 2 5
Mick Schumacher Haas Ferrari 3 3 3 2 2 2 5
George Russell Williams Mercedes 3 3 3 2 2 2 3
Nicholas Latifi Williams Mercedes 4 4 4 2 2 2 4

ICE – internal combustion engine, TC – turbo charger, MGU-H – motor generator unit heat, MGU-K – motor generator unit kinetic, ES – energy store, CE – control electronics, EX – exhaust system.

In 2021 F1 season, drivers can use 3 ICE, 3 TC, 3 MGU-H, 3 MGU-K, 2 ES, 2 CE and 8 EX.

Should the number of races in the 2021 Championship drop to 19 or less, the permitted number of motor generator units-kinetic (MGU-K) will be reduced to 2.

The first time an additional element is used: Ten (10) grid place penalty.

The next times an additional element of the same type is used: Five (5) grid place penalty.

If a driver incurs a penalty exceeding fifteen (15) grid places he will be required to start the race from the back of the starting grid.

Any of the seven elements will be deemed to have been used once the car’s timing transponder has shown that it has left the pit lane.

During any single Event, if a driver introduces more than one of the same power unit element which is subject to penalties, only the last element fitted may be used at subsequent Events without further penalty.

If a driver is replaced at any time during the Championship his replacement will be deemed to be the original driver for the purposes of assessing power unit usage.

2021 F1 CALENDAR

1 Bahrain 28 Mar
2 Emilia Romagna 18 Apr
3 Portugal 02 May
4 Spain 9 May
5 Monaco 23 May
6 Azerbaijan 6 Jun
7 France 20 Jun
8 Styria 27 Jun
9 Austria 4 Jul
10 Great Britain 18 Jul
11 Hungary 1 Aug
12 Belgium 29 Aug
13 Netherlands 5 Sep
14 Italy 12 Sep
15 Russia 26 Sep
16 Turkey 10 Oct
17 USA 24 Oct
18 Mexico 07 Nov
19 Brazil 14 Nov
20 Qatar? 21 Nov
21 Saudi Arabia 05 Dec
22 Abu Dhabi 12 Dec
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