Russia – Qualifying – An overview

Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel has secured pole position for tomorrow’s Russian Grand Prix, alongside teammate Kimi Raikkonen, which is the first Ferrari front-row lockout we have seen since 2008.

Behind them follow the Mercedes’ of Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton, who where unable to catch the Prancing Horses. Although they set faster times than the Ferrari’s in the first and second sectors, it was the final sector that placed Mercedes on the back foot.

The Silver Arrows and Scuderia seemed in a league of their own, with the others unable to catch them, as Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo finished 5th, over a second behind Hamilton.

Toro Rosso’s Carlos Sainz was eliminated in Q2, and has a three-place grid penalty due to his collision in Bahrain with Williams’ Lance Stroll. The young Canadian was also out in Q2, alongside Toro Rosso’s Daniil Kvyat, Haas’ Kevin Magnussen and McLaren’s Fernando Alonso.

In Q1, Renault’s Jolyon Palmer was eliminated. The Brit also lost control over the kerbs at Turn 4, sending him into the wall, damaging the front and rear ends of his car. Also eliminated was McLaren’s Stoffel Vandoorne, Sauber’s Pascal Wehrlein, alongside his teammate Marcus Ericsson, and Haas’ Romain Grosjean, who suffered greatly due to Palmer’s collision.

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