The figure of 91 victorias which reached Michael sSchumacher in his sports career is about to fall, and he will sooner or later, through Lewis Hamilton. The Mercedes driver’s first opportunity is in this Russian GP, and will do so starting from pole. Or so it seemed.

Hamilton started with input problems: you are being investigated for doing the exit test outside the designated area and they can sanction you.

If they do not punish him and start first, he will not do it with the tires he wanted, nor will it be easy to resist in the first position having the ‘cannibal’ Verstappen coming second behind. Less likely to be robbed of glory by your partner Valtteri Bottas, not only because it comes third, but because it has been clearly inferior.

From the sixth place a Carlos Sainz wanting revenge after the Mugello accident. The Madrilenian knows that his McLaren At least he can fight to finish in the top 10 with solvency, although he will have to start with the Renault, who are not doing badly at the Sochi circuit.