Nico Rosberg takes pole at the Russian GP, his third of the season

untitled3Nico Rosberg went fastest in Saturday’s qualifying for the 2015 Formula 1 Russian Grand Prix to secure his third pole position of the season. Rosberg headed Mercedes team mate Lewis Hamilton – who abandoned his final run after an error – by a third of a second, with Williams’ Valtteri Bottas a further half second back in third.

The Ferraris of Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen took fourth and fifth, followed by the Force Indias of Nico Hulkenberg and Sergio Perez. Lotus’s Romain Grosjean, Toro Rosso’s Max Verstappen and Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo completed the top ten.

Rosberg led Q2, which accounted for the loss of local hero Daniil Kvyat in the Red Bull, Sauber’s Felipe Nasr, McLaren’s Jenson Button, and Lotus’s Pastor Maldonado. The big shock, however, was Felipe Massa, who could manage only 15th in the Williams after making a mistake on one run and hitting traffic on another.

Mercedes were the only team not to use the supersoft tyres in Q1, but Rosberg topped it nonetheless. Eliminated were McLaren’s Fernando Alonso, Sauber’s Marcus Ericsson, and Marussia’s Will Stevens and Roberto Merhi. Toro Rosso’s Carlos Sainz did not run following his FP3 accident.

Engine-change penalties for Alonso (35 grid places) and Merhi (20 places) means they will start Sunday’s race from the back of the grid. Should he be cleared to race, Sainz will start from the pit lane.

Russian Grand Prix Qualifying Results
Pos. Car # Driver Q1 Q2 Q3 Gap Laps
1 6 Nico Roseberg 1:38.343 1:37.500 1:37.113 Leader 20
2 44 Lewis Hamiton 1:38.558 1:37.672 1:37.433 -0.320 18
3 77 Valtteri Bottas 1:38.448 1:38.194 1:37.912 -0.479 26
4 5 Sebastian Vettel 1:38.598 1:38.402 1:37.965 -0.053 15
5 7 Kimi Raikkonen 1:39.207 1:38.224 1:38.348 -0.383 18
6 27 Nico Hulkenberg 1:39.250 1:38.727 1:38.659 -0.311 21
7 11 Sergio Perez 1:39.617 1:38.914 1:38.691 -0.032 19
8 8 Romain Grojean 1:39.056 1:38.754 1:38.787 -0.096 19
9 33 Max Verstappen 1:39.411 1:39.119 1:38.924 -0.137 23
10 3 Daniel Ricciardo 1:39.574 1:39.005 1:39.728 -0.804 18
11 26 Daniil Kvyat 1:39.580 1:39.214 Eliminated 0.514 18
12 12 Felipe Nasr 1:40.042 1:39.323 Eliminated -0.109 18
13 22 Jenson Button 1:39.739 1:39.763 Eliminated -0.440 15
14 13 Pastor Maldonado 1:39.724 1:39.811 Eliminated -0.048 15
15 19 Felipe Massa 1:38.926 1:39.895 Eliminated -0.084 17
16 14 Fernando Alonso 1:40.144 Eliminated -0.249 7
17 9 Marcus Ericsson 1:40.660 Eliminated -0.516 8
18 28 Will Stevens 1:43.693 Eliminated -3.033 9
19 98 Roberto Merhi 1:43.804 Eliminated -0.111 8
20 55 Carlos Sainz Jr DNS Eliminated 43.804 0

 

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