Lando Norris takes first pole position in F1

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Lando Norris takes first pole position in F1




Sensation in Russia: Lando Norris takes first pole position in F1


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Sensation in Russia: Lando Norris takes first pole position in F1


The Briton Lando Norris (McLaren) achieved the first pole position of his career at the Formula 1 Russian Grand Prix, 15th of 22 meetings of the world championship, Saturday in Sochi.

On a 5,848m long circuit, the Briton set the best time in the very last moments of qualifying ahead of Spaniard Carlos Sainz (Ferrari). The pecking order was completely altered in the final three minutes of Q3 when the drivers took a gamble on putting soft tires on a track that was starting to dry out. Lando Norris (1: 41.993), 21, took advantage of it as did Carlos Sainz (2nd at 517 / 1000th), but not Lewis Hamilton who had already committed a fault by returning to the pits damaging the muzzle of his Mercedes.

As a bonus author of a spin on his last lap, the Briton is 4th (at 2.057) behind another Briton George Russel (Williams) who manages the 3rd fastest time (at 0.990) of this unprecedented Q3. Lewis Hamilton, who took pole last year, will aim for a 100th Grand Prix success on Sunday (2:00 p.m.). These qualifications were finally able to take place as the rain had considerably disrupted Saturday’s schedule forcing the organizers to cancel races 1 in F2 and F3 as well as canceling the 3rd free practice session in F1.

Max Verstappen (Red Bull) will start at the back of the grid after changing engines. Already penalized by three places on the grid after his altercation at Monza with Lewis Hamilton, the Dutchman decided with his team to change a driving element on his car. Three changes per driver are authorized, the 4th gives rise to a penalty. Max Verstappen will also have turned very little having been eliminated in Q1 during these qualifications.

The leader in the drivers’ world championship, with five points ahead of Hamilton, completed a few laps without succeeding in qualifying then securing his Red Bull in the paddocks. For the same reason, Monegasque Charles Leclerc (Ferrari) will also start from the back of the grid.

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