Russia. A new destination for Formula 1. A green, untried track, a street-like circuit, and a shadow hanging over F1 after Jules Bianchi’s horrific crash in Japan, which sees him still in hospital, and still not having recovered consciousness.
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Big news of the day: Massa starts P18; Vettel fails to qualify for Q3
Qualifying was notable for the dropping of Felipe Massa in Q1, with as yet unknown engine or fuel pressure problems in a car that both he and his team-mate Bottas had proved in practice to be very fast. Q2 held few surprises, other than Sebastian Vettel’s elimination, as he struggled to control the back end of the car throughout his laps, acknowledging that he had perhaps a too aggressive strategy, expecting the track’s grip to evolve faster.
Bottas was close to snatching pole from Hamilton, but just lost it on the penultimate turn with a lockup, and then slid into the final turn having to apply opposite lock. But the Williams looks fast for the race. Russian Daniil Kvyat pleased himself and the Russian crowd to put his Toro Rosso fifth on the grid. Both Toro Rossos were strong in practice, so don’t rule out a podium for the young man headed to Red Bull next year. The McLarens both showed good pace, and it looks like race strategy and the timing and reaction to any safety car appearance might be the decisive factor in deciding the result behind the dominant Mercedes.
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