Another dramatic weekend of Formula 1 action has been and gone with the Russian Grand Prix throwing up all manner of talking points, including a record-breaking one for Lewis Hamilton.
The Mercedes driver took his 100th Grand Prix victory on Sunday – the first driver to ever do so in the sport – and he now leads the Drivers’ standings by two points from Max Verstappen, who rose from plum last on the grid to second place as a late cloudburst threw a considerable spanner in the works.
Indeed, it was Lando Norris who suffered most of all because of that and, unfortunately, we have to kick off our two winners and two losers piece with the young Briton…
Loser – Lando Norris
It was agonisingly close to being a glorious weekend for Norris, who stuck his McLaren on pole for the first time and led a large portion of the race after initially losing P1 to Carlos Sainz.
Indeed, he seemed confident he could hold off Lewis Hamilton in the closing stages before the heavens opened and his decision to try and drive through it in slicks failed to pay off.
Heartbreaking was the word for Lando, but there’ll be better days than this in his career, that’s for sure.
Winner – Max Verstappen
Max Verstappen and Christian Horner described their second-place finish as a victory and you can understand that all things considered.
Verstappen started at the back of the grid and managed to rise into the top ten but looked short of getting on the podium, until the weather gods threw their dice.
The Dutchman managed to get the timing absolutely right to get on the intermediates and rose to second place, meaning he’s just the two points behind Hamilton after what Horner called a pair of Mercedes strongholds in Sochi and Monza prior.
In terms of damage limitation, this was about as good as it could get for Max.
Loser(s) – Aston Martin
Aston Martin were looking on for a double points finish before the rain came, and all hell broke loose.
They were sitting in ninth and tenth with Sebastian Vettel and Lance Stroll but both ended up outside the points, with the two also coming together and lucky to escape with little damage in the slippery conditions.
Norris obviously lost out the most when it began chucking it down, but Aston would have certainly liked it to have stayed dry too in retrospect.
Winner – Carlos Sainz
Carlos Sainz had a really solid weekend.
The Ferrari man got himself on the front row in qualifying and then took the lead of the race heading into the first braking zone, something he’d keep until lap 13.
Ultimately, his Prancing Horse didn’t have enough race pace for a win but he was more than good value for a podium finish, and when the rain came he kept it clean to seal a very decent P3.