F1 2021 Russian GP Qualifying Results – Norris on pole

A brilliant lap from Lando Norris saw the British driver put his McLaren on pole position for the 2021 Russian Grand Prix

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McLaren driver Lando Norris took a sensational pole position for the 2021 Formula 1 Russian Grand Prix at Sochi in a dramatic qualifying session on Saturday, as the team built on their win at Monza. 

Almost the entire qualifying session was done on intermediate tyres until the final five minutes which saw soft tyres being put on in Q3. Lewis Hamilton bumped the wall on pit entry late in Q3, meaning he had to change the front wing on his Mercedes, which meant he was unable to get temperature in his tyres. 

Max Verstappen, who will start from the back of the grid after he changed the power unit on his Red Bull, decided not to post a time in qualifying. Charles Leclerc and Nicholas Latifi, who both also made changes to the power unit, didn’t post times in Q2, and will start at the back. 

Full 2021 Russian GP Qualifying Results 

Pos.DriverTeamQ3 Lap
1Lando NorrisMcLaren1:41.993
2Carlos SainzFerrari+0.517
3George RussellWilliams+0.990
4Lewis HamiltonMercedes+2.057
5Daniel RicciardoMcLaren+2.163
6Fernando AlonsoAlpine+2.211
7Valtteri BottasMercedes+2.717
8Lance StrollAston Martin+2.963
9Sergio PerezRed Bull+3.344
10Esteban OconAlpine+3.872
11Sebastian VettelAston MartinEliminated in Q2
12Pierre GaslyAlphaTauriEliminated in Q2
13Yuki TsunodaAlphaTauriEliminated in Q2
14Nicholas LatifiWilliamsEliminated in Q2
15Charles LeclercFerrariEliminated in Q2
16Kimi RaikkonenAlfa RomeoEliminated in Q1
17Mick SchumacherHaasEliminated in Q1
18Antonio GiovinazziAlfa RomeoEliminated in Q1
19Nikita MazepinHaasEliminated in Q1
20Max VerstappenRed BullNo Time
John Smithhttps://total-motorsport.com
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