Formula 1 is getting close to Europe with the Russian GP, at Sochi Autodrom. Ferrari and Mercedes had a close battle during the whole weekend and things got serious for the qualifying session.
The Sochi track gave to the teams the chance of using the ultrasoft compound without problems, and the whole grid, except Ferrari, were running with the violet tyre compound, while the Scuderia used the supersoft one. Also the two teams who were fighting for the championship were the only ones who were making a preparation lap while the rest of the grid were giving the maximum from the start. Mercedes were fastest during the Q1 but Vettel, with supersoft, were really close to the silver arrows, just with the final lap of the teams, Palmer crashed his Renault and Wehrlein made a mistake. Chequered flag and Valtteri Bottas finished the Q1 on top with Palmer, Vandoorne, Wehrlein, Ericsson and Grosjean at the knockout zone. Vandoorne also had a 15 place grid penalty for changing parts of his McLaren.
Second round and this time the things were getting serious, this time all the teams were using the ultra soft compound and again Valtteri Bottas was faster than his teammate, the number 77 loves this track and he was showing that with his pace, but the points will come tomorrow. The local hero, Daniil Kvyat was close to the top 10, but he had still a couple of chances before the chequered flag, and he only need 0.004 to be there. Chequered flag and Valtteri Bottas was again the fastest driver of the grid with Sainz, Stroll, Kvyat, Magnussen and Alonso. Sainz also has a 3 position grid penalty for his crash with Stroll on the last GP.
Mercedes and Ferrari will fight for the pole position, this time Ferrari showed their power and Raikkkonen and Bottas, the second drivers of both teams, were faster than their teammates on their first attempt. Vettel, Hamilton and Ricciardo completed the top 5. Everyone went to boxes and prepared their car for the last run at Sochi.
Sebastian Vettel improved his time and took the pole position at the Russian Grand Prix with his teammate, Kimi Raikkonen on second position with Valtteri Bottas third. The top 10 was completed with Lewis Hamilton, Daniel Ricciardo, Felipe Massa, Max Verstappen, Nico Hulkenberg, Sergio pérez and Esteban Gutiérrez.