Hamilton on pole for Russian GP

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Lewis Hamilton took a dramatic pole position at the Russian Grand Prix despite coming within a second of qualifying down in 15th.

Hamilton had no time in the second knock-out session when it stopped after Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel crashed. It was restarted with just two minutes and 15 seconds left and Hamilton made it to the line with a second to spare.

But in the final session Hamilton was flawless as Red Bull’s Max Verstappen pipped Valtteri Bottas to second.

Hamilton was 0.652 seconds quicker than team-mate Bottas, while Verstappen took his place on the front row 0.563secs behind the world champion.

Hamilton can equal Michael Schumacher’s all-time record of 91 Grand Prix victories this weekend. (BBC Sport)

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