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The times that suggest Verstappen should be confident of F1 Russian GP recovery

For the second race in a row, Mercedes has ended the first day of track action on top. It’s in a commanding position at the Russian Grand Prix once again – this time largely thanks to Max Verstappen’s upcoming engine-change grid penalty. But there’s plenty to suggest all hope is not lost for the championship leader at Sochi

For the second consecutive 2021 Formula 1 event, Mercedes ends the opening day of running in a commanding position versus Red Bull.

Thanks to the vagaries of the sprint race weekend format, qualifying had already taken place by this time at Monza. But on Friday evening at the Russian Grand Prix, the sessions that really matter are still to come.

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