Published: Mon, May 01, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Vettel takes pole position for Russian Grand Prix

Vettel takes pole position for Russian Grand Prix

(AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin). Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany steers his auto during the Formula One Russian Grand Prix at the "Sochi Autodrom" circuit, in Sochi, Russia, Sunday, April.

Vettel, the current Formula One World Championship leader, clinched the pole position after covering the circuit in one minute and 33.194 seconds, ahead of teammate Kimi Raikkonen, who finished in one minute and 33.253 seconds in second position, reports Efe.

"It was thereabouts and then I just got it back in the last corner but it didn't pay off".

In contrast to Raikkonen, Vettel found more than two-tenths of a second on his final run - which proved a vital margin in securing only his second pole since joining Ferrari.

Hamilton's sluggish display was greeted by crossed arms from Mercedes bosses Toto Wolff and Niki Lauda in the team's garage, with the latter puffing out his cheeks and shaking his head.

For Vettel he was jubilant to seal his 47th career pole. "I think I could have done better, but I will give everything tomorrow (Sunday) in the race and see where it will lead me". The vehicle was really nice to drive and it's a track where it comes alive. The British driver had a chassis change overnight and completed just 4 laps in FP3 but his final time was almost a whole second behind Renault teammate Hulkenberg, who eased through the session in seventh. Renault confirmed they will now have to change his engine before qualifying.

McLaren's Stoffel Vandoorne failed to progress into Q2 as a result, finishing 17th ahead of Pascal Wehrlein (Sauber), who spun out on his final run at turn 13, Marcus Ericsson (Sauber) and Romain Grosjean (Haas). Today we got into the window, the auto was completely different from yesterday. The 86-year-old, here with his wife Fabiana, watched qualifying with Russian dignitaries. On this evidence, Ferrari have more to come in race pace.

Sebastian Vettel has taken pole position for Ferrari in qualifying, with team mate Kimmi Raikkonen in second spot followed by the Mercedes of Valtteri Bottas. "I knew it would be tight, I knew I would be the first one crossing the line".

"I immediately opened the radio and asked my engineer to tell me about the others".

"Maybe I think you will have a great chance to get a German passport because usually Germans always find a reason to complain".

He is now engaged in a tussle with Felipe Massa for "best of the rest" behind the big three teams. "A one-two for the team is not too bad".

But it was Bottas, the Finnish driver who has replaced defending champion Nico Rosberg at Mercedes this year, fastest out of the blocks when the lights turned green. "So far it's fine and tomorrow we have to make it a good day and go day by day".

Kimi Raikkonen completed the podium places while Hamilton, who has been mysteriously off colour all weekend, ended up a mammoth 36 seconds behind his team-mate.

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