Thrilling ending to the Formula 1 Grand Prix of Russia. Everything happened. Blame the rain that surprised the pilots when they were missing 10 laps to the finish. At first a few drops then, with -4 laps from the end, a real downpour was unleashed that surprised everyone. A twist that has upset the ranking by delivering to Lewis Hamilton his 100th career win and eighth out of eight races at the Sochi circuit. The water also favored its rival, Max Verstappen, who finished his race finishing second at the finish line after starting from the last row due to the penalty due to the change of the power unit of his Red Bull. Ferrari was also on the podium, with the terza position of Carlos Sainz, rewarded by the winning strategy of changing tires early, stopping in the pits as soon as the rain began to wet the track. Fourth place for Daniel Ricciardo (McLaren), fifth for Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes), sixth Fernando Alonso (Alpine).
Big disappointment, however, for Lando Norris and Charles Leclerc, the real protagonists of this Grand Prix: it all happened in the last laps, with the rain that thwarted all the drivers’ work. For the first 14 laps, the lead of the race was firmly in the hands of Ferrari driver Carlo Sainz, able to snatch first place from Norris with a perfect start. But then the tires degraded quickly forcing him to the pits and allowing the Englishman of McLaren to pass him without problems after a series of fast laps to chase him: both were fitted with medium tires, but those McLarens held up 29 laps, double that of the Ferrari driver. When it rained, Norris refused to pit for the tire change, stubbornly to keep the lead in the race. The weather conditions, however, have plummeted and three laps from the end he could no longer control the car on the soggy asphalt. Off-piste and forced return to the pits for him: from the first position, he finished seventh. Same as Charles Leclerc: as he was next to last, with a thrilling climb he managed to conquer, overtaking after overtaking, the fifth position. The deluge mocked him, the tires didn’t hold up and the car stopped. He finished fifteenth. At the end, the greatest merit goes to the Ferrari driver Sainz, who takes home the satisfaction of being on the podium for the third time.
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