Hamilton remains on pole in Russian Federation following investigation

Ruben Fields
September 27, 2020

Hamilton will equal Ferrari great Michael Schumacher's all-time win record if he takes his seventh win of the season on Sunday.

"This year you're seeing that our cars are more draggy and there's more tow this year than we've seen in other years". Generally, it's a good tyre to do a start but it has the biggest degradation, 10 times more than any other tyre, so that's going to be a struggle.

Bottas earned his first win at the 2017 race in Russian Federation after starting third and overtaking the two Ferraris ahead of him at the start.

"It was one of the hardest qualifying sessions I can remember in that everything was just so rushed, there was panic and just all sorts going on", said Hamilton.

The Italian manufacturer also suggests - if tyre wear is less than expected - running the softs until lap 14 and going to the Mediums - which is suggested to be just as fast.

"I don't know if that puts me on to a two-stop [strategy]".

"These guys, if they get by, they're going to be pulling away so I'm going to sit down tonight to try to figure out if there's a different kind of race I can do tomorrow to keep my position".

"It's not a good place to start at all", he said. "I have missed them this year and I can not tell you how great it is to see people".

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Replays showed that the German driver clipped a kerb at Turn Four and lost control as he smacked into the barriers. Teammate Charles Leclerc was following closely behind and narrowly missed the wrecked auto, driving over its discarded front wing.

Adding to Hamilton's task is the fact he starts on the Soft tyre, a result of the Briton finding himself on the back foot in Q2 when his first lap time was deleted for track limits and then Mercedes not having enough fuel to complete another lap. Leclerc qualified 11th and Vettel 15th as Ferrari failed to reach the top-10 shootout with either auto for the third time in four races.

After the track was cleared and the session restarted, Hamilton had to rush his out-lap and ran off the track before making it over the line in time for another flying lap with just a second to spare.

"The red flag at the end of the Q2 session posed an additional challenge for the teams in qualifying, with a big few surprises - especially for Lewis Hamilton, who had probably meant to go through Q2 on the medium tyre - and plenty of finely-calculated tactics".

Russian GP polesitter Lewis Hamilton faces no further action from stewards for a driving infringement during Q1 in Sochi qualifying.

Hamilton is the runaway championship leader with a 55-point advantage over second-place Bottas and 80 over Verstappen.

Hamilton then returned to post a dazzling lap to secure pole 96 of his career.

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