Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc has claimed his fourth pole position in a row at the 2019 Russian Grand Prix. Hamilton starts second and Vettel third.
Charles Leclerc may have been beaten to the win by team mate Sebastian Vettel at the last F1 outing in Singapore, but he’s back on top again as he takes pole position for the 2019 Russian Grand Prix.
Leclerc’s fourth pole on the trot – Ferrari’s first such achievement since the days of Michael Schumacher – Leclerc beat team-mate Vettel in to a third place start, with Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton splitting the two in second, but still four tenths behind Leclerc.
Behind Vettel it’s the Red Bull of Max Verstappen (or would be if he didn’t have grid penalties for the race) followed by Bottas in the second Mercedes, and it’s McLaren taking sixth with Sainz, in part because Albon trashed his Red Bull in qualifying and will start at the back.
The rest of the top ten qualifiers are Hulkenberg in the Renault in seventh, the McLaren of Norris in eighth, Grosjean’s Haas in ninth and Ricciardo in the second Renault in tenth.
Despite expectations that Leclerc could run away to a win in Sochi, the fact that Ferrari and Mercedes are on different tyre strategies could be key, with Mercedes opting for Mediums to start the race and Ferrari on Softs.
But despite Ferraris resurgence and Leclerc’s talent, Hamilton is so far ahead in the driver’s championship he’s set for yet another title.