Mercedes championship leader Nico Rosberg will start tomorrow’s Russian Grand Prix at the Sochi circuit from pole position just ahead of Williams Martini Racing’s Valtteri Bottas who was third but moves up ahead of Scuderia Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel who takes a five place grid penalty for a gearbox change.
Kimi Raikkonen narrowly missed out on a front row start as he will start the race from third place behind Bottas and Rosberg.
Felipe Massa will start the race from fourth place alongside his former team mate Raikkonen with Red Bull Racing’s Daniel Ricciardo in fifth place for the Milton Keynes based outfit. Sahara Force India’s Sergio Perez will start the race from sixth place following a great session for the Mexican.
Sebastian Vettel limited the damage from his gearbox penalty as the German will start the race from seventh place just ahead of Red Bull’s Daniil Kvyat and Max Verstappen’s Toro Rosso.
Reigning world champion Lewis Hamilton is under investigation for exceeding track limits in Q1 and it is expected that he will get a reprimand and possibly a few penalty points. The triple world champion rounded out the top ten despite making it into Q3 he suffered a failure of his MGU-K ahead of Q3 which is exactly the same issue he had in China.
Carlos Sainz in the second Toro Rosso just missed out on a place in the top ten shoot-out and will start the race from 11th place.
McLaren Honda’s Jenson Button showed that the Woking based outfit continue to improve as the 2009 world champion will start the race from 12th place and is in a good place to pick some points in the race on Sunday as he can choose the tyres he wants to start the race on.
Nico Hulkenberg in the second Force India was left disappointed as he will start the race from 13th place however Sergio Perez has shown that the VJM-09 has good pace so Hulk will be hoping that he can challenge for points in his 100th Grand Prix start. Fernando Alonso starts the race from 14th place in the second McLaren Honda just ahead of the Haas F1 Team pairing of Romain Grosjean and Esteban Gutierrez.
It was another disappointing session for the Renault Sport F1 Team as once again neither Kevin Magnussen or Jolyon Palmer could make it out of Q1 and will start the race from 17th and 18th place respectively.
Felipe Nasr in his new chassis will start the race from 19th place just ahead of Manor Racing’s Pascal Wehrlein while Marcus Ericsson in the second Sauber starts the race from 21st place. Rio Haryanto in the second Manor rounds out the grid in 22nd place. It is sure to be an extremely exciting Grand Prix.