Defending F1 world champion Lewis Hamilton was struggled with a loss of power in qualifying for a second straight race weekend in Russia.
Now Hamilton listed in tenth, although word from Mercedes is they are unsure if they will have to change any engine elements before the race. The MGU-H had to be replaced when the same problem happened two weeks ago in China.
Championship leader and his team-mate Nico Rosberg clinched pole position, his second of this season, with a 1:35.417. Hamilton is under pressure in defense to his F1 title, following another engine failure.
“This is the second engine that I took from the last race and it’s the same failure as I had in the last race,” said Hamilton.
“I just went back out in Q2 at the end to get a feel for the lap and I lost the same power as I lost in China.
“There’s nothing I can do. I never give up.”
Mercedes is not yet sure whether Hamilton’s car will require any further replacement elements overnight that could result in more grid penalties.
Hamilton will also have to report to the stewards after failing to obey the race director’s instructions at turn two in the opening phase of qualifying.