Sainz hopes to work with Norris to 'pull away' in Sochi

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Sainz hopes to work with Norris to 'pull away' in Sochi

Carlos Sainz will line up on the front row of the Russian Grand Prix alongside his former McLaren sidekick Lando Norris, and suggests the poleman and himself could work together at the outset to pull away from the field.

Sainz qualified a career best second in Sochi, just ahead of Williams' George Russell and Lewis Hamilton.

However, the back row starts of Max Verstappen and Charles Leclerc, and Valtteri Bottas' demotion to P17 following an engine change, means that Norris and the Ferrari driver will have less potentially faster rivals to contend with at the start of Sunday's race.

"I either get a good getaway and it’s a direct race into Turn 2, or if not, obviously I’ll need to try to find a slipstream, because we know we are not the fastest on the straights and we are going to need to find some tow, some draft, because if not, it’s going to be a long run down into Turn 1," said Sainz as he laid out his options.

"I’ve been sharing rows with this guy [Norris] pretty much the last two years in Formula 1, so we know very well each other.

"Hopefully we can have a good start, both and keep pulling away because there’s going to be the guys behind coming, and that’s going to be when the fun starts.

Sainz was speaking on Saturday before the news of Bottas' grid penalty. The Scuderia charger will have one less Mercedes and Red Bull driver to contend with at the start, but Sainz still expects to have Hamilton and perhaps Sergio Perez breathing down his neck at some point.

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"It's a strange circuit this one – because obviously race pace is important and we need to see how easy it is to overtake," explained the Spaniard. "Normally in the past it has been quite tricky.

"Obviously we have the two Mercs and the Red Bull that are going to be pushing us a lot.

"They are clearly, around here, half a second to one second quicker than us, so at some point they will put pressure on us and we will need to see if we can keep ourselves ahead.

"Obviously the target is to finish ahead of them, try to get Lando at the start although I am starting on the dirty side, he is at least starting on the clean side, and see from there if we can race hard and have some fun at the front."

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Alonso happy, Ocon frustrated after Sochi qualifying

Fernando Alonso pronounced himself happy with the outcome of Saturday's qualifying session in Sochi, but his Alpine team... The post Alonso happy, Ocon frustrated after Sochi qualifying appeared first on F1i.com.

Alonso happy, Ocon frustrated after Sochi qualifying

Fernando Alonso pronounced himself happy with the outcome of Saturday's qualifying session in Sochi, but his Alpine team mate Esteban Ocon was less satisfied with the way things had turned out.

Both drivers successfully made it to the final round of qualifying, with Alonso ending up sixth fastest while Ocon will be tenth on the grid for Sunday's Russian Grand Prix.

“I’m happy with sixth position in qualifying, as the conditions weren’t easy out there today," said Alonso.

"It was very stressful as we’ve never run in the wet in Sochi. There was no time to experiment and find where the grip was on the track. But in the end we were competitive in both wet and damp conditions."

Inevitably, Alonso was keenly aware of the opportunities where he could have gone quicker. "I lost about five tenths of a second on my final lap in Q3, so I could have qualified even higher than sixth.

"Tomorrow will be difficult because we have several very fast cars starting behind us, but I’m looking forward to the challenge," he concluded.

As for Ocon, he was regretting not reacting fast enough tot he changing track conditions in Q3. The track had been drying since the start of qualifying but only in the final round was is safe enough to consider moving from intermediate tyres to a set of the slick soft compound.

Esteban Ocon (FRA) Alpine F1 Team A521 leaves the pits. 25.09.2021. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 15, Russian Grand Prix, Sochi Autodrom, Sochi

“I’m a bit frustrated with today’s qualifying as we weren’t able to optimise Q3 in the changing conditions," he commented afterwards.

"Ultimately, we didn’t put the right tyres on at the right time in Q3 and we missed out on two attempts on softs at the end.

"There was definitely potential for more than tenth today as I like these sessions in challenging conditions.

"On a positive, we have both cars starting in the top ten and it’s not a bad starting position to be in. Tomorrow looks dry, but whatever the conditions we will be ready.”

Speaking for the team, racing director Davide Brivio agreed with Ocon that the most important thing had been to get both cars into the final top ten pole shoot-out.

“At the end we have come out of a difficult Qualifying with both cars in Q3 inside the top ten, which is a positive," he insisted.

"We had the potential to be a little bit higher up as Fernando made a small mistake on the last lap, which cost him some time, and Esteban needed one more lap on the dry tyres right at the end of the session.

"All the same we are in good shape for tomorrow, when the conditions will be very different, hopefully dry, so we can consolidate our points-scoring run of 13 races.”

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