Rosberg cruises to Russian GP pole

By on Saturday, October 10, 2015
Mercedes AMG Petronas

Mercedes AMG Petronas

Nico Rosberg claimed his second successive pole position after topping qualifying for the Russian Grand Prix.

Rosberg posted a time of 1:37.113 on his first flying lap and it was never headed, with Lewis Hamilton running wide at Turn 13 before heading to the pits.

Hamilton had set a time quick enough for second position and will line-up alongside Rosberg on the front row of the grid.

Valtteri Bottas clocked the third best time for Williams, ahead of Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel, albeit eight-tenths behind Rosberg.

Kimi Räikkönen was fifth, with Force India sixth and seventh courtesy of Nico Hülkenberg and Sergio Pérez.

Romain Grosjean was eighth quickest while Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo completed the top 10.

Daniil Kvyat narrowly missed out on a berth in Q3 for his home race and qualified in 11th place, ahead of Sauber’s Felipe Nasr.

Jenson Button managed to secure a place in Q2 and posted the 13th quickest time, in front of Lotus driver Pastor Maldonado.

Williams’ Felipe Massa delivered a shock as he was unable to match the pace of team-mate Bottas and could muster only 15th position.

Fernando Alonso was only 16th though will drop to the back of the grid due to a 35-place grid penalty for a variety of engine changes.

Marcus Ericsson was 17th, ahead of Will Stevens and Roberto Merhi, who also cops a grid sanction.

Carlos Sainz Jr. did not take part in qualifying following his high-speed crash during final practice.

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