McLaren's Norris Takes 'manic' Maiden Pole At Russian Grand Prix
Muhammad Irfan 24 days ago Sat 25th September 2021 | 07:20 PM
Sochi, Russia, Sept 25 (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 25th Sep, 2021 ) :McLaren's Lando Norris took his maiden Formula One pole in a shock outcome to Saturday's qualifying for the Russian Grand Prix.
Hamilton was looking good for pole after topping the timesheets in Q1 and Q2, but he then suffered late drama with three minutes left of Q3 when he hit the pit wall requiring a hastily fitted new front wing to his damaged Mercedes.
A spin on his re-emergence out onto the circuit on slick tyres left the door open for 21-year-old Norris to steal the show at Sochi with a flying last lap of 1min 41.993sec.
"Oh boy. It feels amazing. Manic session," Norris beamed.
"We made the decision to go slicks, you never think you will get pole until you get it," he added.
"It is crazy. Second time in the top three in three or four events, the team have done an amazing job," said the 22-year-old referring to a brilliant qualifying session at Spa to gain his first podium in the rain-ruined Belgian Grand Prix.
"Quite an interesting quali result! It's full focus on the race, in which I'll try to fight my way forward and hopefully have some fun." Hamilton meanwhile will be counting on exploiting Verstappen's penalty to the fullest at the circuit on the shores of the Black Sea where he has already won four times with Mercedes undefeated since it first appeared on the Calendar in 2014.
Qualifying got underway as scheduled after a dramatic improvement in conditions following torrential rain which washed out the morning's third and final practice.