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Lewis Hamilton beaten to Russian GP pole by Valtteri Bottas

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Valtteri Bottas beat Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton to pole position as Mercedes dominated qualifying at the Russian Grand Prix.Bottas edged Hamilton by 0.145 seconds after the world champion made mistakes in the middle sector on both his laps in the final top 10 shootout.Hamilton's title rival Sebastian Vettel will start third but the Ferrari was 0.556 seconds off the pace.
Kimi Raikkonen missed beating Vettel with a mistake at the final corner.
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Bottas secured his sixth career pole position - 20 behind Finland's most successful driver, two-time world champion Mika Hakkinen"For sure it feels good," he said. "It has been a long time [since Austria this year]. I knew this had been a good track for me and I managed to get some good laps together in qualifying. The car felt really good."Hamilton said: "Big congratulations to Valtteri. He has been really quick all weekend. My laps were not special at all, but you can't always get it right. The team are doing an amazing job and I'm really happy with a one-two."My Q2 run two lap was really good. That was a premature pole lap basically - that would have been pole if I had used it for the end one, but it is what it is and I will still be pushing hard tomorrow."
Bottas takes pole in Russia - reaction
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Who will top the podium in Russia[/img]

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The race is held in the Black Sea resort of Sochi - the architecture's colourful enough though
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"I had a small mistake in the last sector but I am quite happy. The car felt all right and that makes me quite positive for Sunday."I just spoke to Valtteri and reminded him of what happened last year. Maybe we can turn it around. It depends a lot on the initial jump and then we see what we can do into Turn One. But if there is a gap, we go for it."
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Sebastian Vettel is searching for his first win since he took victory in the Belgian GP in August
Who will win in Russia[/img]
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Clever Renault?
The Red Bulls were not involved after the first session because they will start from the back as a result of grid penalties for excessive engine usage.That gave the smaller teams an opportunity to grab an unusually high starting spot, and the winner of the battle was Haas driver Kevin Magnussen, who beat Force India's Esteban Ocon to fifth place by 0.232secs.Sauber driver Charles Leclerc was seventh, ahead of the second Force India of Sergio Perez and the other Haas and Sauber drivers Romain Grosjean and Marcus Ericsson.But all those teams may have missed a trick and been out-thought by Renault.The French team decided not to take part in second qualifying, and doing so guaranteed them 11th and 12th places on the grid.That gives them free tyre choice, whereas the Haas, Sauber and Force India drivers have to start on the fragile hyper-soft tyres they used in second qualifying.For Renault, this could be a huge advantage as they can start on the more durable ultra-soft or soft tyres, while those ahead will find their hyper-softs quickly lose pace.It was a tactic McLaren used to perfection to secure Fernando Alonso seventh place in Singapore last time out, and Renault are hoping they can do the same in Sochi.
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Is there any better feeling than your team scoring a late winner[/img]

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Then after the celebrations Ricciardo wrote this little tribute on his helmet
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Bernie's back: Former F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone arrived in the paddock in Saturday
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