Today’s qualifying session for the 2015 Formula One Russian Grand Prix saw Nico Rosberg edge out his teammate Lewis Hamilton to secure pole position and in the process help his team earn an historic 30th all-Silver Arrow front row. Rosberg’s best time at the Sochi Autodrom was a 1:37.113 versus the 1:37.433 of Hamilton.
Even closer were the times of the next two drivers, with Williams’ Valtteri Bottas using Mercedes power knocking out a 1:37.912 to secure third spot on the grid for tomorrow’s race. That was just enough to slip by Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel with his 1:37.965.
Ferrari’s other driver Kimi Räikkönen will start at fifth on the grid. The Finn has been quick throughout the weekend, though didn’t make the most of his quick lap as he made a mistake braking for Turn 13. Starting at sixth tomorrow will be Force India’s Nico Hulkenberg.
The next row will be filled by fellow Force India driver Sergio Perez and Lotus’ Romain Grosjean, who start at seventh and eighth spots respectively. Ninth spot meanwhile went to Toro Rosso’s Max Verstappen, while Infiniti Red Bull Racing’s Daniel Ricciardo rounded out the top ten.
There were no major issues during the session. Toro Rosso’s Carlos Sainz missed the session due to a crash sustained during practice yesterday. Fortunately he wasn’t injured but he’s still waiting for the all-clear to be able to race tomorrow, even if he’ll have to start from pit lane. McLaren’s Fernando Alonso and Marussia’s Roberto Merhi have also been forced to start at the back due to engine changes.
The weather is still looking good in Sochi, so we should be in for a good race. Currently, Hamilton leads the 2015 Drivers’ Championship with 277 points, with Rosberg second with 229 points and Vettel third with 218 points. In the Constructors’ Championship, Mercedes is the clear leader with 506 points versus the 337 of Ferrari and 208 of Williams.