Nico Rosberg is on pole position and he promises not to be passive at the start. So does Lewis Hamilton. The fight should be interesting on tomorrow at 2pm. Who will have the last word this time? Thanks to Valtteri Bottas, Williams takes the advantage on Ferrari. Will he be able to keep it on race? Let’s review this afternoon spent in Sochi…
Weather report: mainly cloudy, T. air: 15°C ; T. track: 24-26°C ; humidity rate: 41-42% and wind speed: 2m.s (north-east)
Nico Rosberg has signed the pole position after having dominated the whole qualifying tries (Q1=P1 in 1’38’’343 – soft tyres ; +0’’416s faster than Lewis in 2014, Q2=P1 in 1’37’’500 – supersoft tyres ; +0’’838s faster than Lewis in 2014 and pole in 1’37’’113 – supersoft tyres ; +1’’400s faster than LH in 2014). Lewis Hamilton has been second (+0’’320s). Niki Lauda said to the American TV that the Briton drove like a God. Valtteri Bottas has been the best outsider of the field (3rd ; +0’’799s). Sebastian Vettel has been classified fourth (+0’’852s) in front of his team-mate (+1’’235s). Nico Hülkenberg will be alongside Kimi Räikkönen on the third line. Sergio Perez has been an excellent seventh. Romain Grosjean has reached the eighth position. Max Verstappen has been a good ninth. Daniel Ricciardo has been at the end of the top 10. Daniil Kvyat will have to be satisfied with the eleventh row. Felipe Nasr has occupied the twelfth place. Jenson Button has been thirteenth with the “GP2” engine like the Matador said in Suzuka. Pastor Maldonado has been fourteenth. Felipe Massa has been a very disappointing fifteenth. There was a lot of traffic and he also made some mistakes in Q2. Fernando Alonso, sixteenth, has got a grid penalty (P+35). Marcus Ericsson has been in the bottom of the grid (17th). Both Manors have been the good last ones (P+20 on the starting grid for Roberto Merhi). Carlos Sainz Jr posted a tweet: http://twitter.com/carlosainz/status/652902203917750272 His neck is a little bit painful but he’s fine. He could take part in the race on tomorrow if the FIA doctors give him their approval.
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