Sebastian Vettel won the pole in qualifying for the Russian Grand Prix, giving, together with teammate Kimi Raikkonen the first of Saturday’s double with the Grand Prix France 2008!
The first qualifying segment presented a few surprises: Immediately after 18 minutes, Jolyon Palmer lost control of the car in the fourth turn after hitting the inner curb and went straight into the wall. Renault only managed to change the engine of the vehicle of the British, as an accident put an end to the Saturday session.
A frustrated @JolyonPalmer walks away unscathed after his crash late on in Q1 #Quali # 🇷 🇺 RussianGP #F1 pic.twitter.com/SyHYROOjbg
— Formula 1 (@F1) on 29 April 2017.
Jolyon opened the list of departures from the first segment. For the Englishman failed to make it to the second segment Stoffel Unadorn, Pascal Wehrlein, who lost control of the car at the end of the segment, Marcus Ericsson and Romain Grosjean. Last attempt was interrupted by a sudden yellow flags.
If the first segment of Ferrari are still unable to afford to go on Supersoft, the second segment one not take that risk and put the tires with purple markings.
In the second segment even thought that Mercedes, as Vettel said, hid their true speed during training. Valtteri Bottas was almost 0.4 seconds faster than Kimi, which is literally at the end gave a good lap and Lewis Hamilton about 0.3 seconds ahead of Sebastian Vettel, who failed to complete the second attempt due to a small error.
HUL HAM close behind on his warm-up lap #Quali # 🇷 🇺 RussianGP #F1 pic.twitter.com/U2NYfPW9hC
— Formula 1 (@F1) on 29 April 2017.
In the third segment have passed apart from Ferrari and Mercedes both drivers Red Bull Racing, Felipe Massa, Nico Hulkenberg and the two Force India car. The list of “losers” was opened by Carlos Sainz, who will also lose three places on the grid due to a collision with lance Strolla in Bahrain. For Spanish situated the canadian, and after, the 13th, was Daniil Kvyat.
Kevin Magnussen and Fernando Alonso rounded out the top 15. After his final attempt, the Spaniard has clearly indicated on the radio to his race engineer that he was disappointed with the shape of the car.
In the final segment of the tension reached its climax: in the first of a series of fastest laps Kimi Raikkonen was ahead of Bottas at 0,036 seconds and Vettel was faster than Hamilton. The Briton made a few mistakes in the last sector, which over the course of the weekend is the Achilles heel of the “Silver arrows”.
After the first attempt, ricciardo overtook Verstappen, who kept ahead in other segments. Massa, Perez, Hulkenberg and Windows rounded out the top ten.
The first on the second attempt left Vettel, but due to a hitch in the traffic of German decided to warm up the rubber to spend two circles. In the end, Sebastian drove a brilliant lap– 1.33,194, won the first pole since Singapore in 2015.
Kimi Raikkonen added in the last attempt and managed to bring the Ferrari start from the first row for the first time since the Grand Prix of France 2008!
From the second row will start the race pilots Mercedes, and Bottas was again ahead of Hamilton.
Daniel ricciardo finished fifth, ahead of Massa, Verstappen, Nico Hulkenberg ahead of Perez and aukon.
Text broadcast of the qualification of the Grand Prix of Russia with the photos and videos you can view on our website.
|5.||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull||1.34,905||+1,711|
|7.||Max Verstappen||Red Bull||1.35,161||+1,967|
|9.||Sergio Perez||Force India||1.35,337||+2,143|
|10.||Esteban Windows||Force India||1.35,430||+2,236|
|The threshold for the first segment: 1.35,729||Lag*|
|11.||Carlos Sainz||Toro Rosso||1.35,948||+2,684|
|13.||Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso||1.35,968||+2,704|
|The threshold for the second segment: 1.36,408||Lag**|
|107% of the best time of the first segment: 1.40,623|
|* – the gap from the best time of the first segment|
|** – the gap from the best time of the second segment|
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