F1: Russian Grand Prix, Ferraris (NYSE:RACE) on the Front Line
Sebastian Vettel in his #5 Ferrari is on the Pole for the 2017 Russian Grand Prix at the Sochi Autodrom with lap time of 1:33.194. For Mr. Vettel, it is his 1st pole the year, and the 47th pole of his career.
For Ferrari, it is the team’s 1st Pole of Y 2017 and breaks a string of 18 straight MercedesAMG poles dating back to Y 2016. It was also Ferrari’s 1st front-row lock-out of the 2017 F1 season.
Kimi Raikkonen in his # 7 Ferrari was a serious challenger for Pole. He would end up coming 5/100ths of a sec short, a great job nevertheless.
Valtteri Bottas in his # 77 MercedesAMG came up 1/10th sec short, an impressive run by Mr. Bottas.
Lewis Hamilton qualified 4th, off by 6/10ths sec.
Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo best of the rest at 1.7 secs behind the leaders.
In Q1 qualifying, Ferrari set their laps early using the supersoft tires. Mr. Vettel would slot in 2nd quick with Mr. Raikkonen 3rd quick.
In Q2, Kimi Raikkonen would set the 1st hot lap among the leaders with a 1:34.053., Mr. Bottas would be next and blow that time away with the fastest lap of the weekend at 1:33.264.
Mr. Hamilton would slot in between, but half a second behind Mr. Bottas. Mr. Vettel would be faster than Mr. Raikkonen, but could not break the 1:34 mark.
Mr. Raikkonen would manage to better his time and slot in between the MercedesAMG sandwich while Mr. Vettel could not.
In Q3, the Ferraris struck 1st with Mr. Raikkonen fastest at 1:33.353. Mr. Vettel was just 2/10hs behind. Mr. Bottas would give it a go, and missed Mr. Raikkonen’s top time by .036sec. Mr. Hamilton could not get close, 1.2 secs behind.
Sebastian Vettel took the Pole with a lap of 1:33.194 crushing last year’s Pole which was won by Nico Rosberg with a lap of 1:35.417.
Next up, the 2017 Russian Grand Prix on Sunday.
F1 Countdown kicks things off Sunday morning at 7:00a EDT prior to live race action from Sochi at 7:30a EDT, followed by F1 Extra at 10:00a EDT. NBCSN will air an encore presentation of the race Sunday at 4:30p EDT.
Lead F1 announcer Leigh Diffey will call this weekend’s racing action, and will be joined by veteran analyst and former racecar driver David Hobbs, and analyst and former race mechanic for the Benetton F1 team Steve Matchett. F1 insider Will Buxton will serve as the team’s on-site reporter from Sochi Autodrom in Russia.
See you there, enjoy the racing.