On a difficult track due to the rain that fell in the morning in Sochi, English Lando Norris he excelled by being the fastest in the classification of the Russian Grand Prix de F1. In this way, got his first pole stance in the category and, in addition, extended McLaren's hot streak, which comes from winning the Italian GP with Australian Daniel Ricciardo.
Norris, who escorted his teammate in Monza, he got the best time on the last lap of Q3 already with slick tires thanks to the fact that the circuit was in better condition than in the previous segments. With your time of 1m41s993 / 1000 marginalized the Spanish for more than half a second Carlos Sainz (Ferrari), with whom he will share the front row.
The big loser of the session was the English Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes), who had been the fastest in Q1 and Q2 and appeared as the top favorite starting from the first position in the Russian GP.
When there were five minutes to go and as he entered the pits to wear slick tires, Hamilton hit the pit wall and damaged the nose of his car. This forced the mechanics to waste valuable time replacing the damaged part.
The multiple champion took to the track with just enough and could not efficiently warm up the tires, something he paid with a half break on his last lap thrown. That mistake and the best performance of his rivals made him fall in the classification.
Hamilton will start fourth sharing the second row with his compatriot George Russell (Williams), his future teammate in the German team.
Further back were Ricciardo, the Spanish Fernando Alonso (Alpine), Finnish Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes), the Canadian Lance stroll (Aston Martin), the Mexican Sergio Pérez (Red Bull) and the French Esteban Ocon (Alpine).
The dutch Max Verstappen (Red Bull) decided not to qualify because when he changed the power unit of his car he was already starting from the bottom of the grid.
RUSSIA GRAND PRIZE RANKING 2021
|8||18||ASTON MARTIN MERCEDES||1:48.322||1:46.360||1:44.956||23|
|9||11||RED BULL RACING HONDA||1:46.455||1:45.834||1:45.337||24|
|11||5||ASTON MARTIN MERCEDES||1:47.205||1:46.573||18|
|16||7||ALFA ROMEO RACING FERRARI||1:49.586||10|
|18||99||ALFA ROMEO RACING FERRARI||1:51.023||9|
|20||33||RED BULL RACING HONDA||DNF||2|