Lewis Hamilton’s bid for pole in the Russian Grand Prix is ruined when he collides with the pit wall and smashes his front wing.
During the Russian Grand Prix qualifying session, Lewis Hamilton collides with the pit wall.
Lando Norris took pole position at the Russian Grand Prix after Lewis Hamilton crashed against the wall in a jumbled-up qualifying session. Hamilton lost control leaving his pit position and collided with the wall as the other drivers arrived to replace their tyres for dry weather slicks.
It appeared that the qualifying session might be rained out, but the weather cleared just in time for the session to begin.
Due to his grid penalties, which would rank him 20th for Sunday’s race, Max Verstappen elected not to participate in much of the session.
However, as the conditions in Sochi began to improve in the third half of qualifying, Williams driver George Russell was the first to drop into the pits and switch to slick tyres.
However, the Williams twitched as it exited the pits, prompting many to wonder if the 23-year-old had made the right decision.
But, before the Mercedes combo of Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas met their demise, all of the drivers made their way into the pits to switch to dry tyres.
With the two Mercedes drivers lined up and ready to swap out their tires for slicks, Hamilton was up first, with the team’s tidy pitstop aiming to get the seven-time world champion back out on the track.
However, with only minutes remaining on the clock, Hamilton oversteered into the wall, clipping the front of the Mercedes and destroying the front wing.
Mercedes were compelled to push Hamilton to the side to change Bottas’ tyres before altering Hamilton’s front wing because Bottas was waiting behind.
As the team finally managed to fit a replacement front wing in a slick pit lane, the 36-year-old was heard on the radio confirming what had happened, adding that he had “struck the wall.”
However, once the Mercedes driver was back on track, he was heard grumbling about the lack of heat in the tyres, as well as the slicks not heating up as rapidly as they had planned due to the error.
It meant that Lando Norris of McLaren was able to set the quickest time in Sochi, with Carlos Sainz of Ferrari coming in second and Russell of Williams taking third on the grid ahead of Sunday’s race.
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