Russian Grand Prix: Lewis Hamilton Takes Pole as Drivers Honour Absent Jules Bianchi

Lewis Hamilton edged out Mercedes team-mate and closest rival Nico Rosberg while Williams driver Valtteri Bottas was third fastest.

updated: October 11, 2014 19:10 IST
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Williams driver Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg after the Russian GP qualifying session.


Sochi: World championship leader Lewis Hamilton maintained his stunning speed and supremacy with another sizzling lap in Saturday's qualifying session when he took pole position for Sunday's inaugural Russian Grand Prix. (Racecentre)

Six days after Jules Bianchi's life-threatening crash at the Japanese Grand Prix, the Formula One show went on with the drivers all wearing 'Tous Avec Jules' ('All with Jules')stickers on their helmets as they raced in front of a capacity crowd at the new Olympic Park circuit by the Black Sea.

As Frenchman Bianchi, 25, remained in a critical condition in hospital in Japan, the 29-year-old Briton, winner of the last three Grands Prix, was fastest with a late lap of the new Sochi Autodrom to finish two-tenths of a second clear of Mercedes team-mate and title rival Nico Rosberg.

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