09/26/2021 at 5:30 PM CEST
Carlos Sainz, who has added his third podium of the season, has accompanied Hamilton and Verstappen, protagonist of a great comeback after starting last, in a Russian GP in which the rain ruined Lando Norris’ first victory.1 / Downpour on the ‘roller coaster’
The traditionally boring race in Sochi, without overtaking and totally dominated by the Mercedes, brought us another exciting, spectacular and full of alternatives grand prix, especially in the last five laps when the rain made its appearance. After the test, it would be evident that McLaren and Lando Norris, who decided to stay on track, were wrong and ended up giving away what could have been the talented Briton’s first victory. A mistake? A posteriori, yes. In any case, I am left with the personality, ambition and character of the Englishman, who bet everything on success. Tails came out, but he couldn’t prevent the flood from falling two laps later. The face went to Max Verstappen, who with a timely call to the pits, went from seventh to second and certified the comeback of the year after starting last.
2 / Hamilton continues to make history
I could say many things about Lewis Hamilton, almost all good, especially those that refer to his quality as a driver, but his numbers are irrefutable. 7 world titles – equaled with Schumacher – 176 podiums, 4,024.5 points, 101 pole positions and from Russia 100 victories are some of the records that make him one of the greatest. Fourth on the grid after making two mistakes that were inappropriate for him in qualifying, his predisposition in the race was absolutely different from what we are used to. Very conservative at the start, losing three positions, he went from fourth to seventh, to be trapped in an impassable train. The Hamilton that we saw after the pitstop was another and he did not forgive the option of getting his fifth victory of the year to regain the lead. 2 points separate them now from Verstappen in a final that is looming very hot between them.
3 / Sainz beats Ferrari and the tifosi
The progression of Carlos Sainz is impressive, who in his seventh season in F1 and after his brand-new signing for Ferrari, has won the hearts of the Tifosi and the respect and recognition of all the members of the Scuderia. Beyond the third podium of the year, his consistency is impressive, finishing thirteen of the fifteen races held in the points and climbing to sixth place in the World Championship. Careers like the one he played in Russia help him grow and he showed again that with a competitive car nothing is denied him. His start was spectacular, winning the game over Norris and leading the grand prix until lap 13. The drop in tire performance caused him to lose positions, but the final rain and a timely pit stop allowed him to finish third in a very difficult race. worked and in which he was from beginning to end fighting for the podium.