Scuderia Ferrari secured their first front row lock out since the 2008 French Grand Prix at th Sochi circuit for Sunday’s Russian Grand Prix.
Sebastian Vettel just edged out Kimi Raikkonen but just 0.056s and the Finn would have been on pole had he not made a small mistake in the final turn but it didn’t pay off. We had all the tools to be at the front today, Raikkonen said after the session.
Speaking to Channel 4 F1 following the session, Ferrari Team Principal Maurizio Arrivabene said that Kimi went like a rocket.
Mercedes AMG PETRONAS F1 Team’s Valtteri Bottas completes the top three. Lewis Hamilton will start the race from fourth place just ahead of Red Bull Racing’s Daniel Ricciardo. Williams Martini Racing’s Felipe Massa will start the race from sixth place. Red Bull Racing’s Max Verstappen will start the race from seventh place just ahead of the Renault Sport F1 Team Nico Hulkenberg.
Force India managed to get both of their drivers into the top ten with Sergio Perez starting the race from ninth and Esteban Ocon rounding out the top ten.
Carlos Sainz will start the race from 14th place despite qualifying for the event in 11th place meaning Williams Martini Racing’s Lance Stroll will start the race from 12th place while Daniil Kvyat starts the race from 13th place just ahead of the Haas F1 Team’s Kevin Magnussen.
Fernando Alonso starts the race from 15th place just ahead of the Renault Sport F1 Team’s Jolyon Palmer will start the race from 16th place after hitting the kerb and running wide hitting the barriers.
Stoffel Vandoorne will start from the back of the grid having been handed a 15 place grid penalty for an engine change. The resulting grid penalty moves Pascal Wehrlein in the Sauber up to 17th just ahead of team mate Marcus Ericsson and the Haas F1 Team’s Romain Grosjean who starts the race from 19th place with Vandoorne in 20th, rounding out the grid.