2020 F1 Russian Grand Prix qualifying results & grid lineup

Lewis Hamilton will start the Russian Grand Prix from pole position, the 10th round of the 2020 Formula 1 World Championship season, at Sochi – but it wasn’t pain sailing for the man trying to equal Michael Schumacher’s all-time F1 wins record on Sunday.

After a messy Q2 session, Hamilton will start at a strategic disadvantage to Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas, who will start on the medium tyre tomorrow, as Lewis was forced to run the soft tyre for a last-gasp effort to scrape into Q3.

In the top-10 shootout, Hamilton set the benchmark on the first run at 1m31.391s, 0.793s faster than Bottas. Hamilton then went even faster on his second run, lowering the pole time to 1m31.304s, 0.652s quicker than Bottas who also improved on his second run.

Red Bull’s Max Verstappen then produced a great lap to grab second from Bottas, half a second off Hamilton and a tenth clear of Bottas.

Sergio Perez will start from P4 for Racing Point, ahead of Renault’s Daniel Ricciardo, Carlos Sainz (McLaren), Esteban Ocon (Renault), Lando Norris (McLaren), Pierre Gasly (AlphaTauri) and Alex Albon (Red Bull).

Qualifying 2 was disrupted by a big crash for Sebastian Vettel, who took the right-front corner off his Ferrari after spinning into the wall at Turn 4 and was almost hit by his close-following teammate Charles Leclerc.

Hamilton’s first lap was deleted for exceeding track limits at the final corner, and was on his second run when the session was halted – leaving him at the bottom of the times with 2m15s remaining in the session. That forced Hamilton’s hand to switch to soft tyres to ensure he made the top-10, handing medium-tyred Bottas a strategic advantage for the race.

Ricciardo was quickest with a lap of 1m32.218s, 0.187s ahead of Bottas, while Hamilton only just made it to the startline in time on his crucial run, and went P4 behind Sainz.

Knocked out at this point were Leclerc (Ferrari), Daniil Kvyat (AlphaTauri), Lance Stroll (who had problem with his Racing Point), George Russell (Williams) and Vettel.

In Qualifying 1, Bottas topped the session with a lap of 1m32.656s, 0.327s ahead of Hamilton, who had to take a second push lap after his first was again DQ-ed for track limits.

Falling at the first hurdle were Romain Grosjean (Haas), Antonio Giovinazzi (Alfa Romeo), Kevin Magnussen (Haas), Nicholas Latifi (Williams) and Kimi Raikkonen (Alfa Romeo, who ran wide at Turn 2 and spun on his final try).

F1 Russian Grand Prix qualifying grid results

ClaDriver ChassisEngineTimeGapkm/h
1 Lewis Hamilton MercedesMercedes 1’31.304  230.579
2 Max Verstappen Red BullHonda 1’31.867 0.563 229.166
3 Valtteri Bottas MercedesMercedes 1’31.956 0.652 228.944
4 Sergio Perez Racing PointMercedes 1’32.317 1.013 228.049
5 Daniel Ricciardo RenaultRenault 1’32.364 1.060 227.932
6 Carlos Sainz Jr. McLarenRenault 1’32.550 1.246 227.474
7 Esteban Ocon RenaultRenault 1’32.624 1.320 227.293
8 Lando Norris McLarenRenault 1’32.847 1.543 226.747
9 Pierre Gasly AlphaTauriHonda 1’33.000 1.696 226.374
10 Alex Albon Red BullHonda 1’33.008 1.704 226.354
11 Charles Leclerc FerrariFerrari 1’33.239 1.935 225.793
12 Daniil Kvyat AlphaTauriHonda 1’33.249 1.945 225.769
13 Lance Stroll Racing PointMercedes 1’33.364 2.060 225.491
14 George Russell WilliamsMercedes 1’33.583 2.279 224.963
15 Sebastian Vettel FerrariFerrari 1’33.609 2.305 224.901
16 Romain Grosjean HaasFerrari 1’34.592 3.288 222.564
17 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa RomeoFerrari 1’34.594 3.290 222.559
18 Kevin Magnussen HaasFerrari 1’34.681 3.377 222.355
19 Nicholas Latifi WilliamsMercedes 1’35.066 3.762 221.454
20 Kimi Raikkonen Alfa RomeoFerrari 1’35.267 3.963 220.987
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F1 Russian Grand Prix qualifying Q3 results

ClaDriver ChassisEngineLapsTimeGapIntervalkm/h
1 Lewis Hamilton MercedesMercedes6 1’31.304   230.579
2 Max Verstappen Red BullHonda6 1’31.867 0.563 0.563 229.166
3 Valtteri Bottas MercedesMercedes6 1’31.956 0.652 0.089 228.944
4 Sergio Perez Racing PointMercedes6 1’32.317 1.013 0.361 228.049
5 Daniel Ricciardo RenaultRenault6 1’32.364 1.060 0.047 227.932
6 Carlos Sainz Jr. McLarenRenault6 1’32.550 1.246 0.186 227.474
7 Esteban Ocon RenaultRenault6 1’32.624 1.320 0.074 227.293
8 Lando Norris McLarenRenault6 1’32.847 1.543 0.223 226.747
9 Pierre Gasly AlphaTauriHonda6 1’33.000 1.696 0.153 226.374
10 Alex Albon Red BullHonda6 1’33.008 1.704 0.008 226.354
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F1 Russian Grand Prix qualifying Q2 results

ClaDriver ChassisEngineLapsTimeGapIntervalkm/h
1 Daniel Ricciardo RenaultRenault3 1’32.218   228.293
2 Valtteri Bottas MercedesMercedes8 1’32.405 0.187 0.187 227.831
3 Carlos Sainz Jr. McLarenRenault6 1’32.757 0.539 0.352 226.967
4 Lewis Hamilton MercedesMercedes8 1’32.835 0.617 0.078 226.776
5 Sergio Perez Racing PointMercedes6 1’33.038 0.820 0.203 226.281
6 Lando Norris McLarenRenault7 1’33.081 0.863 0.043 226.177
7 Pierre Gasly AlphaTauriHonda8 1’33.139 0.921 0.058 226.036
8 Alex Albon Red BullHonda7 1’33.153 0.935 0.014 226.002
9 Max Verstappen Red BullHonda7 1’33.157 0.939 0.004 225.992
10 Esteban Ocon RenaultRenault8 1’33.196 0.978 0.039 225.898
11 Charles Leclerc FerrariFerrari7 1’33.239 1.021 0.043 225.793
12 Daniil Kvyat AlphaTauriHonda8 1’33.249 1.031 0.010 225.769
13 Lance Stroll Racing PointMercedes5 1’33.364 1.146 0.115 225.491
14 George Russell WilliamsMercedes3 1’33.583 1.365 0.219 224.963
15 Sebastian Vettel FerrariFerrari5 1’33.609 1.391 0.026 224.901
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F1 Russian Grand Prix qualifying Q1 results

ClaDriver ChassisEngineLapsTimeGapIntervalkm/h
1 Valtteri Bottas MercedesMercedes5 1’32.656   227.214
2 Lewis Hamilton MercedesMercedes5 1’32.983 0.327 0.327 226.415
3 Daniil Kvyat AlphaTauriHonda8 1’33.511 0.855 0.528 225.137
4 Esteban Ocon RenaultRenault6 1’33.557 0.901 0.046 225.026
5 Max Verstappen Red BullHonda8 1’33.630 0.974 0.073 224.851
6 Daniel Ricciardo RenaultRenault6 1’33.650 0.994 0.020 224.802
7 Sergio Perez Racing PointMercedes3 1’33.704 1.048 0.054 224.673
8 Pierre Gasly AlphaTauriHonda7 1’33.734 1.078 0.030 224.601
9 Lando Norris McLarenRenault6 1’33.804 1.148 0.070 224.433
10 Lance Stroll Racing PointMercedes6 1’33.852 1.196 0.048 224.319
11 Alex Albon Red BullHonda6 1’33.919 1.263 0.067 224.159
12 Carlos Sainz Jr. McLarenRenault3 1’33.967 1.311 0.048 224.044
13 George Russell WilliamsMercedes8 1’34.020 1.364 0.053 223.918
14 Charles Leclerc FerrariFerrari3 1’34.071 1.415 0.051 223.796
15 Sebastian Vettel FerrariFerrari6 1’34.134 1.478 0.063 223.647
16 Romain Grosjean HaasFerrari7 1’34.592 1.936 0.458 222.564
17 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa RomeoFerrari6 1’34.594 1.938 0.002 222.559
18 Kevin Magnussen HaasFerrari8 1’34.681 2.025 0.087 222.355
19 Nicholas Latifi WilliamsMercedes5 1’35.066 2.410 0.385 221.454
20 Kimi Raikkonen Alfa RomeoFerrari5 1’35.267 2.611 0.201 220.987
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