Hamilton secures pole position in Russia

By on Saturday, October 11, 2014
Mercedes AMG Petronas

Mercedes AMG Petronas

Lewis Hamilton claimed pole position for the inaugural Russian Grand Prix after setting the quickest time during qualifying at the Sochi Autodrom.

Hamilton’s time of 1:38.513s was two-tenths of a second faster than Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg, with Valtteri Bottas third quickest for Williams.

Bottas was the fastest driver after the second sector of the lap but the Finn slid wide at the last turn and had to settle for third place, ahead of Jenson Button.

Daniil Kvyat starred for Toro Rosso and set the fifth quickest time, while Kevin Magnussen was sixth but will drop five places due to a gearbox change.

Daniel Ricciardo beat Fernando Alonso and Kimi Räikkönen to seventh, with Jean-Éric Vergne rounding out the Q3 participants.

Outgoing world champion Sebastian Vettel was unable to progress from Q2 after setting the 11th fastest time, ahead of Force India pairing Nico Hülkenberg and Sergio Pérez. However, Hülkenberg will drop five places on the grid as a result of a gearbox change.

Sauber duo Esteban Gutiérrez and Adrian Sutil were 14th and 15th, with Romain Grosjean rounding out the Q2 contenders for Lotus.

Marcus Ericsson came close to making it into Q2 after setting the 17th best time but one of the biggest casualties of the first session was Felipe Massa, whose Williams was struck by a fuel pressure problem and cost him any chance of making progress.

Kamui Kobayashi was 19th, while Pastor Maldonado and Max Chilton completed the runners. Maldonado will start from the back as a result of his grid penalty.

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