Do you dare opt against a Mercedes whitewash?
Closest challenger Max Verstappen already had a three-place grid penalty to contend with but the team has confirmed that he’ll be starting from the back after opting to take a fresh power unit this weekend.
Here are some ideas to keep in mind ahead of the Saturday deadline for the 2021 Russian Grand Prix.
The form driver on the grid, Valtteri Bottas is the biggest price-riser in the weeks between the Italian and Russian Grands Prix, going up by 0.2m in value. The Finn has topped both practice sessions so far this weekend and is a valuable asset this weekend.
Mercedes looked to have the measure of the rest of the field in Friday practice so Red Bull has also suffered a dip in value by 0.1m.
If you’re looking to splash some cash, Mercedes might not be a bad call this weekend if you can afford the staggering 37.1m for the team. The alternative is to select both drivers: Bottas and Lewis Hamilton look to be a solid investment.
The Finn has dominated Friday practice but said on Thursday he is prepared for team orders to play a part in the race, should he be in the lead of the race on Sunday afternoon.
Hamilton is in good shape just a fraction down on his team-mate’s FP2 effort and with title rival Verstappen starting at the back, Mercedes will look to maximise his result this weekend.
As per usual, Lando Norris and Pierre Gasly have led the way so far over their team-mates. Despite Ricciardo’s victory in Monza, Norris has been the stronger prospect of the McLaren team-mates all season long while Gasly has comfortably had the measure of Yuki Tsunoda in Russia.
With team-mate Leclerc set for a grid drop following qualifying, Carlos Sainz will be fighting the McLaren duo at the sharp end though the Spaniard won’t have the advantage of a fresh power unit doing so. He could still spring a surprise performance on Sunday so may be worth a punt at 14.4m
Ones to avoid
Mick Schumacher and Charles Leclerc are the driver duo closest to a price drop ahead of qualifying. If funds are tight, picking one or both of these two could be painful if either takes a final dip before qualifying, especially if you’re trying to squeeze in other top-line assets.
Russian Grand Prix picks
Lewis Hamilton (33.0m)
Pierre Gasly (11.9m)
Esteban Ocon (10.3m)
Lando Norris (14.2.0m)
Carlos Sainz (14.4m)