Mercedes AMG PETRONAS F1 Team’s Valtteri Bottas will start Sunday’s Russian Grand Prix at the Sochi circuit from pole position having set a time of 01:31.387s with championship leader Lewis Hamilton starting the race in second place.
Speaking following the race, Bottas said that he told the team heading into the weekend that he is going for the win on Sunday while Lewis Hamilton said that Bottas just did a better job on Saturday. During his run at Turn 6 he ran a little wide and then went off the road at Turn 7.
Scuderia Ferrari’s pairing of Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen start the race from third and fourth place respectively.
It was a great day for the Haas F1 Team as Kevin Magnussen who was re-signed for next season by the American team will start the race from fifth place just ahead of Racing Point Force India’s Esteban Ocon.
The Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team had a great afternoon at the office as both cars made it into Q3 with Charles LeClerc starting the race from seventh place just ahead of Sergio Perez and Romain Grosjean while Marcus Ericsson rounded out the top ten.
Aston Martin Red Bull Racing’s Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo will start the race from the back of the grid due to engine changes while Pierre Gasly will start the race from the back as well for Toro Rosso following an engine change. Fernando Alonso in his McLaren will start the race from the back of the field.
The Renault Sport F1 Team’s Nico Hulkenberg and Carlos Sainz decided to sit out Q2 as they knew they will get a free choice of tyres on Sunday morning for the race
Aston Martin Red Bull Racing’s Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen start the race from the back of the grid as does Pierre Gasly. Brendon Hartley starts the race from 13th place just ahead of Williams Martin Racing’s Sergey Sirotkin and Lance Stroll.