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Carlos Sainz Jr., Ferrari, 3rd position, lifts his trophy
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How Sainz turned crash streak into his best Ferrari F1 weekend so far

OPINION: Carlos Sainz Jr was one of the stars of the 2021 Russian Grand Prix. But he came into the weekend with a streak of recent crashes hanging over him. Here’s how the Ferrari newcomer worked to overcome those setbacks and deliver yet more success for his new team

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Think back to the start of Formula 1 2021. Despite the delay to the design rules reset and the current machines entering a bizarre carryover year thanks to the pandemic-disruption cost action from F1, the FIA and the teams, there was still plenty of change to consider.

Mainly in the driver line-ups. Four switched teams over that gloomy winter, with Fernando Alonso also returning to the F1 fold after two years away and Mick Schumacher, Nikita Mazepin and Yuki Tsunoda making the step up from Formula 2.

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