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Russian Grand Prix – race start replay: Sainz grabs the lead from pole-sitter Norris on Lap 1 in Sochi | Formula 1®

  • September 26, 2021

Lando Norris took a sensational maiden pole position in Sochi for the Russian Grand Prix – and though he was delighted, he did say this was the one circuit at which he’d perhaps prefer not to start from P1.

That’s because of the very long run off the line down to Turn 2 – the first real braking zone on the track, and we saw why he was worried on the opening lap of the race when Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz managed to slipstream Norris and nip ahead of him into the corner to take the lead of the race.

See how he did it in our race start replay video above – and see how Lewis Hamilton, who started fourth, dropped down the order, as well as Lance Stroll’s lightning launch from seventh.

And tap here to follow the latest action from the race in our live blog.

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