Scuderia Ferrari drivers Sebastien Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen have qualified 1-2 for the 2017 Russian Grand Prix, the first front row lock out for the Italian team in nine years.
Vettel just barely edged out his teammate to take pole position, turning in a lap of 1:33.194 as Q3 winded down to beat Raikkonen’s best of 1:33.253. Raikkonen’s fellow Fin Valtteri Bottas was third after lapping the Sochi Grand Prix circuit in 1:33.289, putting him well clear of his Mercedes-AMG Petronas teammate Lewis Hamilton, who could only manage a time of 1:33.767.
The Red Bull Racing cars we’re also suspiciously off pace, with Daniel Ricciardo’s best time of 1:34.905 well over a second slower than Hamilton’s time. The Williams of Felipe Massa split the two Red Bulls after qualifying sixth, but was just barely ahead of max Verstappen’s time of 1:35.161 with a 1:35.110.
Renault’s Jolyon Palmer brought out the only yellow flag of the session after grabbing too much kerb through Turn 4 and running wide into the barriers. He was classified 16th overall, while his teammate Nico Hulkenberg was seventh. Hulkenberg will start just ahead of the two Force India’s of Sergio Perez and Esteban Ocon Sunday.
Click here for full results from qualifying and check out the video above for a recap of the highlights.