Russian GP: Norris on pole in crazy end to Q3

In a highly dramatic end to qualifying for the Russian GP, Lando Norris will start on pole with Carlos Sainz alongside him.

After FP3 was cancelled due to the wet weather, the conditions picked up in time for qualifying to start.

The drivers were still forced to contend with tricky conditions however, with the intermediate tyre being the compound of choice at the start.

By the end of Q1 it was Kimi Raikkonen 16th ahead of Mick Schumacher and Antonio Giovinazzi.

Nikita Mazepin ended as the slowest car in 19th, Max Verstappen did not set a lap time as he will start from the back tomorrow with an engine penalty.

In Q2, both Nicholas Latifi and Charles Leclerc did not set a lap time as they both take engine penalties tomorrow, the pair ended 14th and 15th.

With two drivers already guaranteed to be out in Q2, this left just three places for the rest of the field to avoid.

By the end of the session it was Sebastian Vettel 11th ahead of Pierre Gasly and Yuki Tsunoda.

In Q3 it looked like Lewis Hamilton would put his Mercedes on pole, but in a late twist the seven-time champion hit the wall when entering the pits for dry tyres.

The Briton took damage to his front-wing which caused chaos in the Mercedes pit-box as mechanics scrambled to replace it.

Hamilton left the pits with just enough time for one flying lap on dry tyres, meanwhile the rest of the field were already out on track.

This opened the door for Norris who put in a 1m41.993s to take his first pole in Formula One with Sainz second ahead of the Russian GP tomorrow.

But that wasn’t the last of the unexpected results, George Russell will start from third on the grid and will hope to capitalise on another strong qualifying.

Hamilton managed to take fourth place after his late struggles in qualifying, with Daniel Ricciardo fifth and Fernando Alonso sixth.

Valtteri Bottas could only manage seventh in Q3 ahead of Lance Stroll.

Sergio Perez and Esteban Ocon rounded out the top-ten in ninth and tenth.