Formula 1

F1: Leclerc takes fourth pole in a row at Sochi

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Charles Leclerc has taken pole position for Sunday’s Russian Grand Prix, 0.402s ahead of the Mercedes of Lewis Hamilton.

Ferrari had locked out the front row after the first runs in Q3, but Hamilton managed to pip Sebastian Vettel to second place right at the end of the session.

Leclerc has looked the fastest driver throughout the weekend so far and he maintained his strong qualifying form, taking his sixth pole position of the season and his fourth in a row.

The Red Bull of Max Verstappen was fourth fastest, ahead of Valtteri Bottas, who did not complete his final flying lap, having made a mistake.

Carlos Sainz Jr was sixth in his McLaren, while Nico Hulkenberg had a strong qualifying session to end up seventh.

Lando Norris was eighth fastest while Romain Grosjean and Daniel Ricciardo rounded out the top ten.

Toro Rosso driver Pierre Gasly ended up 11th fastest, ahead of the Racing Point of Sergio Perez and Alfa Romeo of Antonio Giovinazzi.

Kevin Magnussen was 14th fastest with a best time of 1m34.082s, while Lance Stroll was the slowest of the Q2 drivers in 15th.

Alfa Romeo driver Kimi Raikkonen missed out on a Q2 appearance after making a mistake at the last corner on his final flying lap and will start tomorrow’s race from 16th.

George Russell went 17th fastest, ahead of his team-mate Robert Kubica, while Alex Albon ended up 18th after crashing out at Turn 13 in Q1, which resulted in a red flag.

Toro Rosso driver, Daniil Kvyat was the only driver not to set a time and was bottom of the timesheet.

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