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Published: Mon, May 08, 2017
Sports | By Jeannette Edwards

Russian Formula 1 qualifying results

Russian Formula 1 qualifying results

Hamilton and Rosberg were close during their karting years and time in junior single-seaters, but a number of on-track clashes meant that relationship became more intense while at Mercedes.

Bottas held his nerve in a nail-biting ending at the Sochi Autodrome - with Vettel crossing the line just 0.6 seconds behind the Finnish driver - to move to within 10 points of Hamilton, and in doing so, firmly throw his crash helmet into the championship ring.

A crash further back in the field between Romain Grosjean in the Haas and Renault's Jolyon Palmer brought the safety auto onto the track shortly after Bottas had taken the lead. It's going to be a long year with a lot of fighting with all these cars. Nevertheless, both are fierce competitors and want to win races and fight for a championship but I don't think it will affect the team and the dynamic like it did with Nico.

"We've given ourselves a lot to do but the whole team is focused on that and hopefully for the next race, we can start making progress", he said. However he did claim pole at Sakhir and followed it by comprehensively out-qualifying Hamilton in Russian Federation.

"As soon as you win the first grand prix, a big load comes off".

"But it's nice to get confirmation that the results are possible".

It was the first time that he had finished off the podium since Malaysia in October 2016, when his engine expired while he was leading the race in what was ultimately a championship-deciding blow.

Force out Daniel Ricciardo on track during the Formula One Grand Prix in Sochi Russia

"I've never seen anyone like him, under this pressure, win his first grand prix". "Ultimately I was not quick enough, I could not put the vehicle where I was comfortable, and then in the race it was overheating so I just had to settle for fourth". It's not that simple this year.

"How did we manage to find ourselves behind him when we stopped before?"

Lewis Hamilton was suffering to keep the tyres in the right temperature window and was not able to pose a threat to any of the three race leaders.

Vettel stayed out for an extra seven laps, with his pace remaining competitive, and rejoined just over four seconds adrift of Bottas following his stop for the supersofts. "It was pure pace on the auto - the tyres, tyre temperatures, being comfortable in the vehicle". That was really painful for us today, but I'm so happy with my race, so happy with my pace. The team's executive director Toto Wolff has already confirmed Mercedes will investigate what was causing Hamilton's difficulties.

"For f*** sake, I am out", Palmer bemoaned on the radio. I have some feelings about how it (the car) felt in the race and qualifying, I have some ideas.

The situation is further complicated by the fact that the two Mercedes were running similar set-ups. One that proved that Bottas certainly has what it takes.

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