25 September 15:02
Well done, Lando! Norris takes pole position for tomorrow's Russian Grand Prix!
26 September 14:02
Hallo and welcome to our live coverage of the 2021 Russian GP. Let's get go!
26 September 14:04
And it's... GO! Lap 1 is underway.
26 September 14:06
What an opening lap! Carlos Sainz leads for Ferrari, followed by Lando Norris and George Russell. Wow!
26 September 14:10
Lap 4/53: Sergio Perez sets the fastest lap. He is currently down in seventh place whole Red Bull teammate Max Verstappen is fighting his way from the back of the grid. He is currently 15th.
26 September 14:11
Lance Stroll's race engineer tells him that they're not expecting any rain. He has to clear Russell in third.
26 September 14:12
Lap 5/53: Hamilton (sixth) was 0.9 seconds slower than Verstappen (15th) on the last lap.
26 September 14:16
Verstappen is just 8 seconds behind Hamilton.
26 September 14:18
Verstappen passes Gasly for 13th in the same corner he passed Bottas. Next up: Ferrari's Charles Leclerc.
26 September 14:19
Lap 9/53: Norris is within DRS of Sainz. Expect something...
26 September 14:20
Hamilton complaining about graining on his left-front tyre.
26 September 14:21
Verstappen passes Leclerc for 12th, benefitting from the Leclerc/Vettel battle.
26 September 14:24
Lap 12/53: Norris telling his McLaren crew that his left front tyre is almost gone.
26 September 14:25
Lap 13/53: Lance Stroll opts to pit, attempting the undercut over their on-track rivals. He rejoins in 15th place.
26 September 14:27
Russell pits, but rejoins behind Stroll. The undercut seems to be working.
26 September 14:28
Sainz enters the pits at the end of lap 14. Can he cover Stroll and rejoin ahead of the Aston Martin driver? He does!
26 September 14:29
McLaren has to react and bring in their driver if they want to challenge for the win. The undercut seems to be working.
26 September 14:32
Lap 17/53: Verstappen just set the fastest lap of the race on tyres that are 17 laps old.
26 September 14:35
Karun Chandhok: "Max Verstappen's been to Lewis Hamilton's school of acting" after the Red Bull driver complains about wear on his left front tyre, after setting the fastest lap of the second.
26 September 14:36
Sergio Perez is less than a second behind Hamilton. He will want to pass the Mercedes man soon and give his teammate a little hand.
26 September 14:41
Lap 22/53: Spots of rain in the pitlane...
26 September 14:43
Lap 23/53: Daniel Ricciardo has a long pit stop. How will this impact his race? He is now down in 14th place.
26 September 14:45
Norris leads from the front and is a healthy 12 seconds ahead of Hamilton.
26 September 14:45
Lap 25/53: Hamilton sets the fastest lap of the race having been released by Ricciardo.
26 September 14:46
Ricciardo now sets the fastest lap of the race. He is now up in 13th place.
26 September 14:49
Lap 27/53: Hamilton and Verstappen pit and rejoin in ninth and 12th, respectively.
26 September 14:52
Norris pits at the end of lap 29. And he's out again!
26 September 14:53
Sergio Perez leads the race, followed by Fernando Alonso and Charles Leclerc. All three drivers are yet to pit.
26 September 14:54
Hamilton passes Sainz for sixth place and is charging down on Gasly who is currently in fifth place.
26 September 14:55
And Hamilton passes Gasly for the fifth place. If Toto Wolff is correct, Hamilton could still win the race.
26 September 14:57
Lap 32/53: Norris (4th) is eight seconds ahead of Hamilton. With the leading trio still to pit, these two are effectively the race leaders.
26 September 15:10
Lap 39/53: Leclerc's Ferrari engineer tells him that they're expecting rain in the closing stages of the race.
26 September 15:11
Norris leads by just 1.9sec from Hamilton. Sainz is in third place.
26 September 15:15
Lap 42/53: Leclerc passes Russell for ninth place.
26 September 15:17
Russell telling his team that there are spots of rain at Turn 10.
26 September 15:21
The rain is coming down on the track. It might not be intense, but fans in the stands have taken out their umbrellas.
26 September 15:22
Lap 47/53: "Get the Inters ready." Carlos Sainz gives the call to Ferrari.
26 September 15:25
It's a gamble! Drivers diving into the pits for a set of new Intermediate tyres.
26 September 15:26
Five laps remaining: Hamilton ignores team radio to enter the pits, while Stroll pushes teammate Vettel to the left and into the barriers. Both survive.
26 September 15:41
Lewis Hamilton wins in Russia! The rain had the final say, but it was an entertaining race, nonetheless.