McLaren’s Lando Norris took a sensational first Formula One pole position at the Russian Grand Prix on Saturday after seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton hit a wall in a damp qualifying session.
Ferrari’s Carlos Science joined Britain in the front row in Sochi with Hamilton teammate Williams George Russell from next season, completing the top three which no one predicted.
Hamilton, who was on the temporary pole before switching to slicks on the dry track, qualified fourth for Mercedes after brushing through the wall of Pete Lane, his front wing damaged at a crucial moment.
He can still hope the championship lead starts on Sunday with a 23-year-old Dutch driver back from Red Bull rival Max Verstappen due to an engine fine. Mercedes has never been beaten in Sochi.
The 21-year-old Norris was happy with what he had hoped to be the first in many poles.
“It sounds amazing …. you never thought you’d get to the pole until you get it and now I’m able to do it. Extremely happy and thank you so much to the team. They did an amazing job,” Young said.
“It was difficult. I’m going to make myself better but it was clever… I was on my lap two seconds before I was down and I wasn’t too confident that we were going to improve on my previous lap… I’m a happy boy. ”
McLaren won one or two finishes at the previous Italian Grand Prix Monza, and Australian champion Daniel Ricciardo finished fifth in Sochi, sixth for the Alpine ahead of Spaniard Fernando Alonso.
Hamilton, whose partner Valetri Botas had just qualified seventh, complained that when he got back on track he couldn’t keep the tires warm and he turned around in his final flying lap.
“It was a mistake on my part. I’m incredibly frustrated with myself,” said Hamilton, a Pete Lane Prang.
“By the time I was in the groove, I was really in the zone.
“I’m really sorry for all the teams here and back in the factory because obviously that’s not what you expect from a champion. That’s it and I’ll try tomorrow and try to fix it. ”
Worstapen, five points clear from Hamilton after 14 runs, made only a brief appearance in the qualifiers without anything to gain.
Mercedes has won every Grand Prix in Sochi since its inception in 2014 and Hamilton can still expect a record-breaking 100th win on Sunday.
Written by Alan Baldwin
This News Originally From – The Epoch Times