V world turned back at Mercedes: In qualifying At the 2018 Russian GP, it was not Lewis Hamilton who shone, but Valtteri Bottas. The Finns simply like the Sochi Autodrom. At the premiere in 2014, he raced on the podium in the Williams. 2017 in a Mercedes for the first time to a Formula 1 victory. And in the fifth edition of the race in Russia on the best starting position.
His team-mate fairly recognized the qualification defeat. “Congratulations to Valtteri. He was just better today. ”Hamilton was the fastest man in the first and second qualifying rounds. But the last laps on Saturday afternoon didn't work out as he had hoped.
Qualifying highlights in the gallery
That doesn't apply to Sebastian Vettel. The Heppenheimer was satisfied with the changes to his car after a weak Friday. And yet Mercedes and Ferrari were worlds apart. In Formula 1, that's five tenths of a second. Vettel is hoping for the race. He's hoping for a rocket launch and slipstream as far as the second corner.
Qualifying was mainly tactical. HaasF1, Force India and Sauber wanted to finish fifth after the engine penalties against Red Bull. Kevin Magnussen and the US team succeeded. Renault, on the other hand, decided not to run in Q2 in order to have all tire options for the race. That frustrates the fans, but the rules allow. The Red Bulls and Pierre Gasly in the Toro Rosso also hid in the garages after Q2. A lap time would not have helped the displaced. They preferred to spare the material.
There were no departures to report. Only Sergey Sirotkin spun, but did not land in any of the track borders. In our photo show we show you the highlights from qualifying for the 16th race of the Formula 1 year.