Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen will go head to head for the first time since their sensational crash at Monza as the Formula 1 world title race heats up at the Russian Grand Prix this afternoon.
Although Verstappen will start at the back of the grid after changing his engine, all eyes will be on the championship contenders following their dramatic collision at the Italian Grand Prix two weeks ago, which saw both men crash out of the race and Verstappen handed a three-place grid penalty.
Verstappen leads Hamilton by five points ahead of this afternoon’s race but Sochi has been a Mercedes stronghold in recent years. The team have won all seven races staged in Sochi since 2014, with Valtteri Bottas winning last time out - the last time the Finn stood on top of the podium.
Hamilton, who has won the Russian Grand Prix four times, will likely benefit from team orders should Bottas find himself in a similar position today, with Mercedes hopeful of hitting back in the title race this weekend.
Here’s everything you need to know.
When is it?
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Row 1 - Lando Norris, Carlos Sainz
Row 2 - George Russell, Lewis Hamilton
Row 3 - Daniel Ricciardo, Fernando Alonso
Row 4 - Valtteri Bottas, Lance Stroll
Row 5 - Sergio Perez, Esteban Ocon
Row 6 - Sebastian Vettel, Pierre Gasly
Row 7 - Yuki Tsunoda, Kimi Raikkonen
Row 8 - Mick Schumacher, Antonio Giovinazzi
Row 9 - Nikita Mazepin, Charles Leclerc
Row 10 - Nicholas Latifi, Max Verstappen
1) Verstappen (Red Bull) - 226.5
2) Hamilton (Mercedes) - 221.5
3) Bottas (Mercedes) - 141
4) Norris (McLaren) - 132
5) Perez (Red Bull) - 118
What has Hamilton said?
“I know the pressure that comes with [trying to win your first title] and the experiences that go with it. Your eagerness... you go through lots of different experiences and emotions during that time.
“[Verstappen] won’t admit to it and I’m not going to make an assumption, I’m just saying that I remember what it was like when I had my first one and [the pressure] definitely mounted up.
“It was difficult, it was intense, I was going through a lot of different emotions, I didn’t always handle it the best. That’s to be expected, you know, it’s a lot of pressure when you are working in a big team, there’s a lot of self expectation and the desire to win is huge.”
What has Verstappen said?
“I think if someone really knows me, I’m very relaxed about all those things and I really can’t be bothered, you know I’m very chilled. It’s the best feeling ever to have a car, a great car where you go into every weekend and you can fight for a win.
“I just focus on myself and I really enjoy it out there at the front and of course hopefully we can do it for a really long time.”