Carlos Sainz You already know what it is like to lead a Formula 1 Grand Prix in 2021, thanks to your enormous start the race of Russia. The Madrilenian, who had them with Lando norris especially during the first part of the race, he made a memorable start.
And that did not start especially well. Sainz, who came out on the dirty side of the track, was slightly nailed as the traffic light went off, but little by little he was gaining meters thanks, precisely, to Norris: the poleman gave him slipstream (unintentionally), which allowed the Ferrari to enter turn 1 first.
Although Sainz slipped slightly under braking, he held on on the first lap and settled into the race lead in Russia.
🔥 Carlos Sainz’s starting piece in Sochi to get FIRST! 🔥
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Sainz’s initial attack paid for it with tire wear. Thus, when he exceeded 10 laps, the Madrilenian found himself resisting the position almost sticking his elbows out in front of his former teammate.
However, despite both having serious tire graining problems, Norris won the first position on lap 14.