Scuderia Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc scored his fourth consecutive pole position for today’s Russian Grand Prix at the Sochi circuit. The Monacaques driver beat off a challenge from runaway championship leader Lewis Hamilton in his Mercedes to set a fastest time of 01:31.628s.
Hamilton set a fastest time of 01:32.030s and starts the race just ahead of last week’s winner Sebastian Vettel who set a fastest time of 01:32.053s.
Aston Martin Red Bull Racing’s Max Verstappen was fourth but starts ninth. Valtteri Bottas is fourth.
McLaren Racing’s Carlos Sainz had a great qualifying as he starts the race from fifth place with a time of 01:33.222s ending the session just ahead of Nico Hulkenberg and Lando Norris in the second McLaren.
Romain Grosjean is eighth just ahead of Verstappen while Daniel Ricciardo rounds out the top ten just ahead of Sergio Perez and Antonio Giovinazzi and Kevin Magnussen for the Haas F1 Team. Lance Stroll starts from 14th just ahead of Alfa Romeo Racing’s Kimi Raikkonen.
George Russell and Robert Kubica start the race from 16th and 17th place respectively. Alex Albon, Daniil Kvyat and Pierre Gasly round out the grid due to engine penalties.