Ferrari scores front row lock-out

By on Saturday, April 29, 2017

Sebastian Vettel will start the Russian Grand Prix from pole position after scoring the fastest time during the qualifying session. His fast lap of 1:33.194 set a new track qualifying record and was .059 of a second better than runner-up and teammate Kimi Räikkönen. Nico Rosberg held the previous track qualifying record of 1:35.337 set last year in Q2, and Vettel’s pole-winning time beat it by 2.143 seconds.

This is Vettel’s 47th career Formula One pole but his first since the 2015 Singapore Grand Prix. And with Räikkönen qualifying second, it marked the first Ferrari front-row lockout since the 2008 French Grand Prix, a span of 127 races. 

Qualifying results:

1.       S. Vettel Ferrari 01:34.493      01:34.038      01:33.194  
2.  K. Raikkonen Ferrari 01:34.953      01:33.663      01:33.253  
3.  V. Bottas Mercedes 01:34.041      01:33.264      01:33.289  
4.  L. Hamilton Mercedes 01:34.409      01:33.760      01:33.767  
5.  D. Ricciardo Red Bull 01:35.560      01:35.483      01:34.905  
6.  F. Massa Williams 01:35.828      01:35.049      01:35.110  
7.  M. Verstappen      Red Bull 01:35.301      01:35.221      01:35.161  
8.  N. Hulkenberg Renault 01:35.507      01:35.328      01:35.285  
9.  S. Perez Force India      01:36.185      01:35.513      01:35.337  
10.  E. Ocon Force India 01:35.372      01:35.729      01:35.430  
 
11.  C. Sainz Jr. Toro Rosso 01:35.827      01:35.948    
12.  L. Stroll Williams 01:36.279      01:35.964    
13.  D. Kvyat Toro Rosso 01:35.984      01:35.968    
14.  K. Magnussen Haas 01:36.408      01:36.017    
15.  F. Alonso McLaren 01:36.353      01:36.660    
 
16.  J. Palmer Renault 01:36.462      
17.  S. Vandoorne McLaren 01:37.070      
18.  P. Wehrlein Sauber 01:37.332      
19.  M. Ericsson Sauber 01:37.507      
20.  R. Grosjean Haas 01:37.620

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