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Formula 1 Russian GP

F1 Russian GP Live Commentary and Updates - FP3 and Qualifying

Superlative Saturday action from the Russian Grand Prix at Sochi

By: James Newbold, Stefan Mackley

Summary
  • Norris takes sensational pole for Russian GP from Sainz and Russell after late switch to slicks
  • Hamilton starts fourth after losing time in the pits following contact with the wall
  • Eliminated in Q2: Vettel, Gasly, Tsunoda, Latifi and Leclerc
  • Eliminated in Q1: Raikkonen, Schumacher, Giovinazzi, Mazepin and Verstappen
  • FP3 cancelled earlier due to heavy rain at the Sochi Autodrom
Leaderboard

1. Norris, McLaren
2. Sainz, Ferrari
3. Russell, Williams
4. Hamilton, Mercedes
5. Ricciardo, McLaren
6. Alonso, Alpine
7. Bottas, Mercedes
8. Stroll, Aston Martin
9. Perez, Red Bull
10. Ocon, Alpine
Status: Stopped
And we'll close up here - we'll see you back here tomorrow for the Russian Grand Prix. See ya later!
Sainz had a wee spin at Turn 16 during that session - but regardless, he shares the front row with Norris. Who had Norris, Sainz and Russell as the top three on their bingo cards?
Top 10: 1. Norris, 2. Sainz, 3. Russell, 4. Hamilton, 5. Ricciardo, 6. Alonso, 7. Bottas, 8. Stroll, 9. Perez, 10. Ocon.
Hamilton spun on his last lap and couldn't improve - and he'll line up fourth!
That's pole position for Lando Norris for the Russian Grand Prix!
Sainz is going quickly now, he's on a big lap, as is Norris and Stroll!
There's a few piecemeal purple microsectors so far, but nobody's yet improving on the slick tyres!
Hamilton is out on track now, but that wall-clip might be a bit of a setback!
Hamilton hit the wall coming into the pits! New front wing for the Mercedes driver as he claims slicks!
Stroll also pits for slicks, hoping to repeat his Turkey heroics from last year.
It's Hamilton, Norris, Bottas, Alonso, Perez, Stroll, Ocon, Ricciardo, Sainz and Russell as it stands. Russell gets his slicks on.
Stroll goes third, with Ocon, Perez and Ricciardo behind, as Russell reckons it's tick-tock slick o'clock.
Bottas sets a 1m44.710s, but Hamilton knocks it into touch with a 1m44.050s.
Still inters at this stage, but there's a non-zero chance we might get someone on slicks at the end.
Gasly also looked furious, storming out of his car and almost taking the monitor off its hinges above his head. Some unhappy lads.
Vettel appeared to lose time behind Tsunoda, which the stewards have noted.
"No way! Arrrrgh..." says Vettel, having been told he missed out on Q3 by 0.05s.
In Q3: Hamilton, Bottas, Alonso, Norris, Perez, Ocon, Stroll, Ricciardo, Russell, Sainz.
Eliminated in Q2: 11. Vettel, 12. Gasly, 13. Tsunoda, 14. Latifi, 15. Leclerc.
Tsunoda can't do enough either - so that's both AlphaTauris out in Q2.
Gasly also falls into the drop zone, and wasn't able to clear the drop! He's out, as is Vettel!
Sainz gets out of the drop zone and grabs ninth - but will it be enough?
Perez cements fourth, as Norris backs out of his last lap and pits.
Last orders in this Q2 session as the chequered flag comes out.