Lando Norris surprisingly took his first pole position in a crazy Formula 1 qualification for the Russian Grand Prix.

The Brit relegated to second place with a splendid final lap in Sochi in his McLaren Carlos Sainz Junior in a Ferrari.

Third place on the drying track on Saturday was sensationally the future Mercedes driver George Russell in the Williams.

Only then did Lewis Hamilton join in fourth.

The seven-time world champion clearly missed the 102nd pole of his career after damaging the front wing when entering the pit and later spinning on the track.

Team mate Valtteri Bottas only made it to seventh place in the second Mercedes.

Vettel and Schumacher rejected

World Championship leader Max Verstappen did without a timed lap on the initially still wet track at the beginning of the knockout elimination.

Because of an unauthorized engine change, the 23-year-old Dutchman has to start from the back in his Red Bull anyway.

In the classification he has five points ahead of Hamilton.

Sebastian Vettel did not make it into the top ten.

The four-time world champion finished eleventh in his Aston Martin, while Mick Schumacher was 17th in the Haas.

The last free practice session before the Formula 1 race in Sochi had previously been canceled due to persistent heavy rain.

In the Russian Black Sea city there was initially such heavy rainfall on Saturday that the safety of the drivers on the route could not be guaranteed and driving was simply impossible.

The race management of the world motor sport federation Fia decided on this step in consultation with the stewards a few minutes before the start.

It wasn't the first time that heavy rain had affected the Formula 1 schedule this year.

Less than a month ago, the weather in Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium ensured that a normal race was not possible.

After a rain farce, in which only a few laps could be completed behind a safety car and Max Verstappen was the first to win the qualification, there was strong criticism of the procedure.

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