Russian Grand Prix
Williams Formula One driver Valtteri Bottas of Finland (L), Mercedes Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain (C) and his team mate Nico Rosberg of Germany, celebrate after the qualifying session of the Russian F1 Grand Prix in the Sochi Autodrom circuitReuters

After two successive races in Asia, the Formula One action moves back to Europe at the brand new Sochi Autodrom for the inaugural Russian Grand Prix.

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton grabbed the headlines once again as he secured the pole position in the qualifying session ahead of teammates Nico Roseburg and Williams driver Valtteri Bottas, who finished second and third respectively.

Bottas' teammate Jenson Button finished fourth, while STR-Renault's Daniil Kvyat and McLaren-Mercedes' Kevin Magnussen finished fifth and sixth respectively.

Hamilton, who beat Roseburg by two-tenths of a second in Saturday's qualifying, will be looking to record a fourth successive victory following his triumph in Italy, Singapore and Japan.

And Hamilton feels that securing the pole position will give him a significant advantage in Saturday's race.

"Of course pole is a great place to start," Hamilton told Formula One's official website.

However, the Brighton, who admitted that the qualifying session was difficult, said he is looking forward to a tough race at the Sochi Autodrom on Sunday.

"It wasn't the easiest session. These guys were looking quite strong. Just hooking up a lap from some reason it wasn't the same as practice. But I'm really grateful that I got the pole here for the first time. It's going to be tough tomorrow. It's a long way down to turn one, so we'll find out how that works out."

Roseburg, on the other hand, said the race is going to be interesting as "there is hardly any tyre degradation."

"It's completely different to everything else we've seen this year and that makes it very unique," the German told Formula One's official website. "It's been a big challenge set-up wise and everything to get to grips with the track this weekend. Yeah, I think it's going to be a good race tomorrow."

However, Bottas, who initially did very well in the qualifying before finally dropping to the third place behind the Mercedes drivers, admits that the race will be difficult owing to the dominance of the Mercedes drivers this season.

"It's never easy. They are really quick and you never know how more pace they have than what they showed in the long runs on Friday. So we will see tomorrow," Bottas told Formula One's official website.

Meanwhile, all the drivers will be wearing stickers on their helmets to show their support to Marussia driver Jules Bianchi, who is in critical condition following his horrific crash (into a tractor) during last weekend's race in Suzuka, Japan.

Where to Watch Live

Race Start (Sunday): 3pm local time, 4:30pm, IST, 12pm BST

Country TV Broadcaster
India Star Sports 4, Star Sports HD1
Canada TSN 2
United Kingdom Sky Sports F1, Sky Sports F1 HD
Middle East and North Africa Bein Sports Arabia
Germany, Italy Sky Sport F1
France Canal+
Asia Fox Sports
Country Online links
India HERE
Middle East HERE
Germany and Italy HERE and HERE
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