Nico Rosberg took pole position for the Russian Grand Prix while his teammate and nearest title contender Lewis Hamilton was failed to compete in Q3, following engine failure ended his qualifying session early on Saturday – provisionally the Brit listed in 10th.
Mercedes is still unsure if they will have to change any engine elements before the race. MGU-H had to be replaced when the same problem happened two weeks ago in Chinese Grand Prix.
Hamilton had already been summoned to see stewards after qualifying for failing to follow the race director’s instructions at turn two.
Sebastian Vettel made second fastest, the German, though, won’t be holding onto his P2 as he has a five-place penalty for a gearbox change.
Williams shows impressive performance with Valtteri Bottas, the Finn split the Ferrari drivers as he qualified in third place, which means he will start the Russian Grand Prix from the front row of the grid.
Kimi Raikkonen was fourth ahead of the second Williams ace Felipe Massa, Daniel Ricciardo and Sergio Perez.
Local speedy, Daniil Kvyat was eighth at his home race ahead of Max Verstappen and Hamilton, who did not set a time in Q3.