2017 Russian Grand Prix qualifying was unsatisfied results for Silver Arrows – ‘ Valtteri Bottas out qualified team mate and championship contender Lewis Hamilton, also the champions will start behind the Ferraris in tomorrow’s race after taking second row in qualifying.
Ferrari lock-out front-row for first time since 2008 and the Italian outfit ending a run of 18 poles for Mercedes.
Following the qualifying session, Mercedes boss Toto Wolff speaks about Valtteri Bottas missing pole position:
“Ouch yes, I think we look good with Valterri on the last lap, and a little mistake at the end lost him pole position, but it’s very tight if you look at the first 3 cars, they are separated by a couple of hundreds, yeah ouch!” Wolff said.
“The car is completely new, and the tyres are new and last year’s results have no indication on how it’s going to go.
“The Ferraris are also very strong on the warm ups, they opened on the race pace so we have a fight in front of us.”
Sochi circuit has previously suited Mercedes, which had been looking to strike back at Ferrari after Vettel won the last race in Bahrain.
“Going into this weekend, we were thinking it’s probably going to be better than Bahrain,” Bottas said. “For sure, definitely it’s disappointing for us not to be on pole.”
“We are not confident we have the quickest car around here, Ferrari are very strong around here. As we’ve seen in the first three races, they have very good race pace and we expect them to be strong again tomorrow.” The Finn added
Still, Bottas suggested he and Hamilton could ambush the Ferraris at the first corner on Sunday.
“Second-row start here is not that bad a thing. It’s a pretty long run into turn one,” he said.