The Spanish pilot Carlos Sainz (Ferrari) will start second this Sunday in the race of Russian Grand Prix, fifteenth round of the Formula 1 World Championship, after a qualifying session in which the British Lando norris (Mclaren) snatched the pole in the last moment, while Fernando Alonso (Alpine) he knew how to play his loads in wet conditions to guarantee 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 clocked a 1: 42.510 that looked like he could give him first place in the absence of the times of Lewis hamilton (Mercedes) and Norris. The seven-time world champion was unable to complete the last lap, but Sainz’s ex-McLaren teammate did, who flew to sign the first pole of his career and to lead a first line in which Spanish will accompany you.
Meanwhile, the also British George Russell (Williams), another of those who chose to go through garages in the final stretch, was awarded a creditable third place, along ahead of his partner next year in the ‘silver arrows’, Hamilton. All in one qualifying session where the World Cup leader, the dutch Max verstappen (Red bull), did not mark time knowing that he will have to start from the bottom of the grid due to his penalty for the accident caused to Hamilton at Monza.
The waterspout that fell this Saturday on the Sochi Autodrome forced cancel third free workouts, but gave a truce for the classification to take place.
In the final Q3, Russell opened the garage entrances to switch to ‘slicks’, a strategy that was vital to position. With Hamilton hitting the wing at the entrance to the pitlane, Sainz got in first with a spectacular turn, but Norris ruined his dream to complete his: the first pole of his life.
Russian GP race schedule
Sunday October 26
Race: 2:00 p.m.