Hamilton takes Pole Position in thrilling Russian GP Qualifying
Lewis Hamilton took his 96th Pole Position by blitzing the rest of the field by a massive 0.6 seconds and ensure he starts in prime position to equal Michael Schumacher's 91 win tally tomorrow.
It wasn't easy for the Brit however as due to an error in Q2 he was in 14th with only a few minutes to spare. Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel crashed bringing out the red flag and leaving the field only 2 minutes and 15 seconds left to get an out lap in and start a flying lap.
The Alpha Tauri of Pierre Gasly held up the field coming out of the pit lane for a moment, while Hamilton ran wide a Turn 2 due to cold tyres and had to take the escape road in order to return to the track.
Attempting to build enough of a gap to the car in front, Hamilton slowed coming into the final corner which prompted nervous calls from Bono his engineer that he needed to go now. Hamilton crossed the line with 1 second to spare and did enough to pull himself into Q3.
After the drama of the Q2 session Hamilton once again demonstrated his mental fortitude by smashing his team mate Bottas by a massive 6 tenths and solidifying his position as the front runner for the World Championship.
Max Verstappen split the Mercedes taking second for Red Bull with Hamilton’s Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas in third. Racing Point’s Sergio Pérez was in fourth and Renault’s Daniel Ricciardo in fifth who may be slightly disappointed the impressive Renault couldn't quite make the Top 3.