After an impressive qualifying performance in the Russian Grand Prix, Mercedes' driver Nico Rosberg will start the race in pole position, while team mate Lewis Hamilton will start behind him. Rosberg had finished first in Sochi -- 1m 37.113s -- followed by Hamilton, who completed the race in 1m 37.433s.
With Mercedes starting the race in one-two position, they have just increased their chances of clinching the constructors' championship in Sochi itself. Rosberg believes it is going to be amazing if Mercedes wins the title so early with few more races to go before the season comes to an end.
"Of course the Constructors' Championship is a really important target for us this weekend - it would be amazing to clinch it for the second time so early on in the season - so we're out to do that, but at the same time, of course, I'm out here to try to reduce the gap to Lewis in terms of points," said Rosberg.
However, they are going to be challenged by Valtteri Bottas, Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen, who will start on third, fourth and fifth position respectively in the grid on Sunday. Expect the fourth placed Vettel to push Hamilton and Rosberg to the limit as he has been doing so regularly this season.
Irrespective of the challenge, Hamilton and Rosberg have always stood tall and one can expect a similar performance from the duo this time around as well. Incidentally, the first three starters on the grid on Sunday were also on the Russian Grand Prix podium with Hamilton winning the title last year.
Will Hamilton be able to win back-to-back Russian GP?
Every F1 fan is aware of the high standards of racing that has been set by Hamilton this season, winning eight of the 14 races this season, which has thus increased his chances of winning the driver's title as well. He leads the title charge with 277 points and Rosberg has accumulated 229 points. Vettel is third with 218 points.
Though Rosberg will start from pole, Hamilton is confident of Sunday's race, which he believes will be exciting.
"Nico did a better job in qualifying but I feel there's still all to play for, as you've seen in many other races where I've started second. I think it's exciting. It makes the race ever more exciting and, as I've said, Turn One, it's a long, long way down to Turn One. Probably one of the longest ones of the whole year so it should create opportunities. But there are other opportunities throughout the race as well," said Hamilton.
Among other drivers, Nico Hulkenberg and Sergio Perez from Force India continued their terrific form as they have a strong chance to score some more points in the Russian GP. Hulkenberg will start the race in sixth place, while Perez in seventh. Lotus driver Romain Grosjean will start in eighth place.
Where to watch live
The Russian Grand Prix is scheduled for 2 pm local time (4:30 pm IST, 12 pm BST) start.
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