F1 has been criticised for all sorts over the years, most particularly the notion that we know who’s going to win before they’ve won, and sometimes there’s been something in it – just as there is sometimes is in all sports. But not this one this season, because we’ve already seen more twists and turns than in a UK petrol-station queue and we can be sure there are plenty more to come.
During qualifying, Lewis Hamilton looked set for yet another pole position, only to clip a wall driving into the pitlane, so was relieved of the honour by the increasingly impressive Lando Norris – an error he might live to regret given that Max Verstappen, who leads him the driver standings by five points, starts from the back of the grid.
However, the course at Sochi allows for some overtaking and the inclement weather looks to have departed, so all in all, we’re set for yet another memorable go-around.
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