Surprisingly enough, Lando Norris finished first in the insane Formula 1 qualifying for the Russian Grand Prix. Briton Carlos Sainz Jr. fell to second place.
It is clear that the favorites around world champion Lewis Hamilton missed the first place in the Russian Grand Prix. McLaren driver Lando Norris finished first on the grid for the first time in qualifying on a wet track, ahead of Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz and Williams’ George Russell.
Just behind Hamilton in the Mercedes, who skidded twice and didn’t get away from World Cup rival Max Verstappen as much as he had hoped. The Dutchman at Red Bull will be moved to the end of the grid due to the drive change.
So the Red Bull driver was limited to two installs or else he would not participate in qualifying. Sebastian Vettel was thwarted at Aston Martin on a crucial lap and a disappointing 11th place had to be settled. His teammate Lance Stroll finished eighth.
Haas driver Mick convinced Schumacher with his bottom car in the first section of qualifying. The German was almost four seconds faster than his teammate Nikita Maspin and also left Alfa Romeo driver Antonio Giovinazzi behind. That was enough for 17th place, due to a penalty against Charles Leclerc at Ferrari, would rise to one place.
It was uncertain for a while that the search for time could happen as planned on Saturday afternoon. The third free practice session was canceled because it was still raining in the morning, and the Formula 2 and Formula 3 races also didn’t take place – qualifying was the first session of the day and the rain left on time.
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