Nico Rosberg takes Pole for Russian Grand Prix as Lewis Hamilton runs into more Trouble
By: S. Harding, Xiro Xone News April 30, 2016 Updated 9:23 AM
Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg took his 24th career pole position for tomorrow’s Russian Grand Prix after another mechanical issue ended Lewis Hamilton’s day.
“I found a great rhythm in Q2, then just turned the front wing down a bit for Q3 and the balance was then absolutely perfect. This is a really rare feeling to have out there in the car, so thank you to the guys for making that happen,” said Rosberg.
Rosberg took one of the easiest poles of his career in front of Valtteri Bottas from Williams who moved up to second after Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel, who suffered a five-place grid penalty for an unscheduled gearbox change resulting in a move from second to fifth place.
“I will start seventh which is not where we belong, so we should be quicker than the other cars around and go from there. The car is good, so I am confident for tomorrow,” said Vettel.
Hamilton, the winner of Russian Grand Prix for the past two years, trails his teammate by 36 points in what has been a season setbacks as once again his side of the garage failed him in qualifying.
“I knew there was a problem and that it was probably the same failure that I had in China pretty much straight away. I went out for a second run in Q2 to get a feeler lap and felt the same power loss as last time,” said Hamilton.
He continued by saying: “I never give up and I’ll give it all I’ve got to recover whatever I can in the race, like always”
Hamilton had been quickest in practice but was sidelined from the final 10-car showdown for pole when his car's power unit failed during the second phase. He will start 10th.
After taking pole in the first two races of the season but suffering poor performance of his car on race day, Hamilton has had to make some incredible “Jedi Knight of F1” recovery drives in Bahrain and Shanghai.