The Spanish pilot Carlos Sainz (Ferrari) will start second this Sunday in the race of Russian Grand Prix, fifteenth quote of the Formula 1 World Cup, after a qualifying session in which Briton Lando Norris (McLaren) snatched pole position at the last minute, while Fernando Alonso (Alpine) He knew how to play his loads in wet conditions to guarantee himself the sixth starting position.
Again, the Madrilenian returned to stay at the gates of the first pole of his life; On a fantastic last lap, after changing tires a few minutes earlier, he set a 1: 42.510 that looked like it could give him first place in the absence of the times of Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) and Norris.
The seven-time world champion couldn’t complete the last lap, but Sainz’s ex-McLaren teammate did., who flew to sign the first pole of his career and to head a front row in which the Spanish will accompany him.
The waterspout that fell on the Sochi Autodrome this Saturday forced the cancellation of the third free practice sessions, but gave a truce for qualifying to take place. Only Alonso came out to Q1 wearing the extreme rain tires, while the rest of the riders wore the intermediates.
Unable to make competitive times, the Spaniard went through the pits to change the tires and reacted in time to get into Q2 with the seventh fastest time, just ahead of Sainz. Hamilton, for his part, reigned in the timesheets ahead of his teammate Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes) and Mexican Sergio ‘Checo’ Pérez (Red Bull).
Along with the Finn Kimi Raikkonen (Alfa Romeo), back after overcoming the coronavirus, the Italian Antonio Giovinazzi (Alfa Romeo), the Russian Nikita Mazepin (Haas) and the German Mick Schumacher (Haas), Verstappen (Red Bull) was left out, that he didn’t even go out to mark time.
Alonso still improved performance in the intermediate session, where he managed to place third within four tenths of Hamilton, who was still leading the session. Meanwhile, Charles Leclerc (Ferrari) fell from the fight and must start fifteenth.