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Russian Grand Prix will commence this Sunday at Sochi Autodrom. After two thrilling races in Mugello and Monza, Formula 1 goes east. Despite fans complaining about Mercedes domination and overall boring competition in which Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes is predicted to nab the driver’s championship, Monza and Mugello made the fans remembered how bold and unpredictable Formula 1 could be.

In Monza, everything was going according to the script until the race is red-flagged after Charles Leclerc of Ferrari had an accident but thankfully came out uninjured. Lewis Hamilton was given a 5 second penalty after he entered the pits when they were closed. After the race restart, Hamilton dropped to the last place with Pierre Gasly, Carlos Sainz and Lance Stroll took the podiums in an unpredictable race. Fans across the world were devoid of words to describe the thrilling race.

Formula 1 moved to Mugello where a race of similar sorts happened. Max Verstappen was unable to take advantage of his front row grid position after he lost power and was involved in an accident in the first lap. Monza’s winner Gasly and Verstappen retired. Safety car was deployed and just after Safety Car exited the track, a massive accident took place in the back which had seen Carlos Sainz, Antonio Giovanazzi, Nicholas Latifi and Kevin Magnussen retire. Lewis Hamilton took the honours and Alexander Albon of Red Bull Racing took his first ever podium.

Sochi circuit is considered to be bland by many fans in Formula 1 and Mercedes is expected to dominate the race weekend despite having a staggering fortunes in the last two races. Ferrari has had an utterly forgettable season with many fans and pundits criticising the car and team strategies. Sebastian Vettel is due to leave Ferrari at the end of the season. He will take Sergio  Perez’s seat at Racing Point. It is yet to be seen how Red Bull Racing will recover from hiccup in Mugello. After all, Max Verstappen is the only legitimate contender to Mercedes duo.