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Sochi: A Grand Prix of lost opportunities 🌧️
The main story of the Russian Grand Prix was the dramatic end to the race under heavy rain, which robbed Lando Norris of his first victory in Formula 1.
The young McLaren driver decided to stay out with the dry compound when the rain came to the track, hoping that conditions wouldn’t get worse. Meanwhile, chasing behind him was Lewis Hamilton, who was instructed to pit as his pit wall expected heavier precipitation.
Hesitant, Hamilton pitted and got his wet compound onto the track. As expected by his team, the rain became heavier and then-first-placed Norris began struggling to keep control of the car. He later spun and gave the Mercedes driver the lead.
Hamilton then went on to win his 100th Formula 1 Grand Prix, a record never achieved by any driver before.
- Lando Norris: “Unhappy. Devastated. We made the call to stay out and we stand by that. It was the wrong one at the end of the day.
“I made the decision just as much as the team. In fact, it was more they thought I should box, my decision to stay out. I thought it was the way to go.”
- Lewis Hamilton: “It’s taken a long time to get to 100, I wasn’t sure if it’ll come. Lando did such an amazing job, he’s doing a great job for McLaren.
“I didn’t want to let Lando go but didn’t know what the weather was doing. I am incredibly grateful to the men and women at the factory and here.”
But the drama doesn’t stop there: French driver for AlphaTauri, Pierre Gasly, believes he missed out on big opportunities at the Russian race as many mistakes were made throughout the weekend.
- Gasly believes that there were too many mistakes throughout the weekend.
- The AlphaTauri driver thinks that the team should capitalize on opportunities better.
What he had to say:
- “It’s a shame because honestly, the car was once more competitive and we can’t allow ourselves to make such mistakes if we want to fight for fifth in the championship.”
- “But we made too many mistakes and this weekend we didn’t deserve to score points. I think we just do too many mistakes.”
- “For all of us, we need to just work more and understand how to capitalize on such opportunities. It’s a tough one to take because there was clearly better to do, but hopefully, it can be good for the rest of the year.”
The rain also affected Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc. The Monegasque made good progress after starting from the back of the grid due to a PU change, but his race took a U-turn when the rain hit the track, finishing the race 15th.
What he had to say:
- “I’m very disappointed with a race like this as the first part was looking extremely good. To finish 15th like this hurts.”
- “There was one lap where I doubted, but there was Carlos who was in front of me who was meant to stop that lap. I couldn’t stop at the same time. The lap after was already too late so at that point, I knew my race was compromised, so I tried to stay on slicks hoping the rain decreased but it didn’t happen.”
- “I will analyze after this weekend to know what I could have done better… because I feel like I could have done a better job as a driver to help the team take the right decision and that’s it.”
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