- 26 Sep 2020, 23:20
- Updated: 26 Sep 2020, 23:22
FORMULA ONE is in Sochi for the Russian Grand Prix as Lewis Hamilton goals to match Michael Schumacher’s report of 91 race wins.
And thus far he seems like doing precisely that after edging out Valtteri Bottas and Max Verstappen to say pole place for Sunday’s showdown.
Follow ALL of the most recent updates from Sochi right here..
HAMILTON TAKES POLE POSITION
What a restoration.
A messy qualifying from the Brit, however it’s ok for pole.
Verstappen is second. Mega effort from him.
Bottas is third.
Perez in fourth
Can Bottas do it? Or will Hamilton’s time show an excessive amount of to beat?
HAMILTON TAKES PROVISIONAL POLE
What a restoration.
After the stress of Q2, Hamilton recovers to take provisional pole.
Not solely that, he’s 0.793 seconds faster than Bottas, in P2.
GOOD START FROM RICCIARDO
The Australian is wanting good right here however has simply been pipped by Bottas.
Q3 IS GO
Top 10 shoot out in Sochi.
ELIMINATED FROM Q2
Vettel, Stroll, Russell, Leclerc and Kvyat all fail to make it into Q3.
HAMILTON DOES IT
With such HUGE stress, Hamilton does simply sufficient to set the fourth-quickest time and is in to Q3.
That was shut!
HAMILTON MAKES IT
Skin of his tooth, however he crosses the road in time for a shot at reaching the highest 10.
It HAS to be error-free.
MISTAKE FOR HAMILTON AGAIN
On chilly tyres he goes extensive at flip 2…will he make it?
PROBLEM FOR STOLL
He is again within the storage. And with Vettel within the storage too. It means there are 13 automobiles left on this session.
It goes to be tight for Hamilton.
QUEUE IN THE PITLANE
This is placing MORE stress on the Brit.
Those automobiles may maintain him up and he might be determined to cross the road in time to get a lap in.
THIS IS A BIG TEST FOR HAMILTON
He must get this lap proper, or threat beginning down in 15th place.
SEVEN MINUTES TO GO IN Q2
And within the drop zone are – Russell, Hamilton, Vettel, Stroll and Albon.
BLOW FOR HAMILTON
He has simply set a time that was ok for P1 BUT his lap time has been deleted for going extensive at Turn 18.
He will now have to make one other try at a flying lap.
Q2 IS GO
Green gentle within the pitlane and with the chance of rain, it could possibly be a busy begin to this session.
MEGA JOB FROM RUSSELL
The Brit has simply made it into Q2.
He was the 13th quickest automotive, forward of each Ferrari automobiles.
Eliminated are Raikkonen, Latifi, Magnussen, Giovinazzi and Grosjean.
UNDER 5 MINUTES TO GO
Latifi, Giovinazzi, Grosjean, Raikkonen and Ocon are within the drop zone.
This could possibly be a frantic couple of minutes.
Especially if it rains….
DECENT MARKER FOR BOTTAS
Who goes quickest whereas Hamilton at the moment P2, though he has had a lap time deleted for lacking flip 2.
That flip 2 is catching individuals out. There is a change of wind path and drivers are over-shooting the nook. In flip they get their lap flip deleted.
QUALIFYING IS GO
Can anybody cease the Mercedes domination in Russia? Lewis Hamilton going for his 96th pole place of his profession.
Valtteri Bottas has appeared particularly fast however was edged out by Hamilton in FP3.
Keep a watch on the McLarens, Racing Points and Renaults.
WHERE NEXT FOR PEREZ?
Sergio Perez has confirmed his future stays up within the air as he prepares for all times after Racing Point.
The Mexican is being changed by Sebastien Vettel subsequent yr after the constructor, who’re altering identify to Aston Martin subsequent season, introduced they have been dropping him at first of the month.
And Perez has stated he doesn’t know what is going to occur subsequent – however his precedence is to proceed.
He advised Sky Sports F1: “I do not know. But I’m very excited. Everything is a chance.
“After 10 years within the sport, I need a venture that motivates me to present my 100 per cent each single lap, each single morning to go and prepare and journey around the globe, I would like that.
“And if I do not discover that, I could take a yr out, I could search for one other collection, I could retire. None of them are a foul choice.
“My precedence is to proceed within the sport. I’m solely 30 yr outdated. I really feel I’ve a lot to present. I really feel I’m within the prime of my profession. But on the similar time it is less than me actually. I’ve to see what different choices are on the market.”
Renault’s Managing Director Cyril Abiteboul is wanting ahead to an attention-grabbing weekend in Russia and backs his drivers to carry out.
Estaban Ocon and Daniel Ricciardo each had FP3 session and completed within the high 10.
And Abiteboul is on the lookout for each drivers to carry out equally throughout the remainder of the race weekend.
He advised Sky Sports F1: “It’s been weekend thus far, no issues.
“We’ve been specializing in dynamics and attempting to grasp the inconsistencies that everybody has seen on the skin, in order that would be the focus of the weekend.
“We’ll see if the automotive seems respectable sufficient to have the 2 automobiles within the high 10 place, which has at all times been the goal, so we aren’t altering the goal.”
Just a fast reminder of the comparatively short-history of this circuit whereas we watch for qualifying to start.
The modern-day Russian Grand Prix has solely been operating since 2014 and the race has solely been gained by solely a single crew – Mercedes.
Their dominance over the observe is horrifying, with Lewis Hamilton racking up 4 victories and whereas his former teammate Nico Rosberg and his present teammate Valtteri Bottas have one apiece.
Most memorably in 2018, this circuit noticed the game thrown into controversy after the Mercedes crew ordered Bottas to change locations with Hamilton, giving the Brit the win.
Given the Finn’s desperation for his first victory because the opening race of the season in Austria, it’s arduous to think about him being as compliant this time.
FREE FOR ALL
It’s set to be an thrilling qualifying session this afternoon if that apply hour is something to go by.
Bottas and Hamilton will scrap it out for pole place however extra curiously, behind them, it is anyone’s sport.
There have been six totally different groups within the high seven of FP3 whereas the likes of Charles Leclerc and Lando Norris, who completed 20th, will nearly definitely enhance.
Just one other reminder that qualifying begins at 1pm.
FP3 IS DONE
Hamilton tops the ultimate apply session. Bottas is second 0.7 seconds behind.
Carlos Sainz is better of the remainder in third.
That battle for third spot is wanting like a struggle between the McLaren’s Racing Points and Renaults.