Lando Norris secures epic first pole in F1 as Lewis Hamilton crashes twice in Sochi – .

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Lando Norris secures epic first pole in F1 as Lewis Hamilton crashes twice in Sochi – .


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Lewis Hamilton has a qualifying to forget after hitting the wall twice before the Russian GP.

Lewis Hamilton has a qualifying to forget after hitting the wall twice before the Russian GP.

McLaren’s Lando Norris clinched an incredible first pole position in F1 after a chaotic end to Russian GP qualifying in wet and dry conditions, while Carlos Sainz and George Russell also finished in the top three while big favorite Lewis Hamilton was forced to regret an accident in the pit lane and a lap in his last lap.

Hamilton will only start fourth for Sunday’s race as, under dramatic circumstances, he failed to capitalize on rival Max Verstappen’s engine penalty.

The world champion was controlling a wet shootout in Sochi before the field bet on soft tires at the end of Q3 – and Hamilton hit the wall rolling slowly through the pits and smashed his front wing.

Mercedes was able to repair his car, but Hamilton then only completed one lap on slick tires in difficult drying conditions, while the other pilots were able to build up a final flying effort.

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Lando Norris signs his very first pole position ahead of tomorrow’s race at the Russian Grand Prix.

Lando Norris takes his very first pole position ahead of tomorrow’s race at the Russian Grand Prix.

Sainz was the first driver to review Hamilton, who had provisional pole, before Norris qualified for the first time in his dazzling young F1 career, beating Ferrari by half a second.

“It’s amazing,” Norris said after supporting McLaren’s victory in the Italian GP in style.

In more surprising scenes, Russell once again showed his qualifying talent in the Williams by supplanting Hamilton – his Mercedes teammate next year – with a late epic push.

Hamilton, lacking grip in his tires, did not improve on his last lap and then spun and nudged into the wall in the last sector.

Lando Norris, Carlos Sainz and George Russell tell us about their qualifying session for the Russian Grand Prix.

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Lando Norris, Carlos Sainz and George Russell tell us about their qualifying session for the Russian Grand Prix.

Lando Norris, Carlos Sainz and George Russell tell us about their qualifying session for the Russian Grand Prix.

“Twice in the wall… that’s very rare for me,” said Hamilton. “I’m really sorry for the whole team because that’s not what you expect from a champion. “

He’s still ready to start Sunday’s race 16 places ahead of Verstappen, who has no time in qualifying and leads the championship with five points, but missed a great opportunity to dominate on the week. -end from pole.

Hamilton’s delayed stint in the pits also hampered teammate Valtteri Bottas. Bottas had also flown in qualifying before the finals and dominated both practice sessions, but only finished seventh after getting stuck behind Hamilton with his front wing fixed.

Daniel Ricciardo, winner of the Italian GP, ​​finished fifth in the other McLaren ahead of Fernando Alonso.

Sergio Perez, meanwhile, led the Red Bull flag in Verstappen’s absence at the top of the grid, showed flashes of pace early in qualifying but finished ninth.

Russian GP: Top 10 qualifying
1) Lando Norris, McLaren
2) Carlos Sainz, Ferrari
3) George Russell, Williams
4) Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes
5) Daniel Ricciardo, McLaren
6) Fernando Alonso, alpin
7) Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes
8) Lance Stroll, Aston Martin
9) Sergio Perez, Red Bull
10) Esteban Ocon, alpin

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