It makes sense to aim for the Russian Time seat – surely Bird will hang around F1 next season, if not in FP1s just as the Mercedes reserve driver. Especially if he wins the championship! It looks between Leimer and Bird, strong at both remaining circuits as pointed out. Coletti must be ruing colliding with Leimer at Silverstone, and Nasr with Palmer at Spa.
Chewing the tyres indicates maybe RT have a more aggressive car setup? I’m guessing this could work well with Frijns, unless that is not his driving style (it looks like it is to me!). Frijns-Dillmann could be a very strong line up with championship aims again. We also have Dillmann and Vandoorne flying the flag for sim-racing!