F1: Le­clerc on pole in Rus­sia

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - Times Sport -

Sochi, Rus­sia: Charles Le­clerc reeled off his fourth con­sec­u­tive pole po­si­tion with another stun­ning lap on Satur­day as he topped the times in qual­i­fy­ing for Sun­day’s Rus­sian Grand Prix.

The in-form Mon­e­gasque clocked a best lap of one minute and 31.628 sec­onds to im­prove his time in the fi­nal sec­onds and set up an end to Mercedes’ five-year dom­i­na­tion of the event since it be­gan in 2014.

Af­ter three suc­ces­sive Fer­rari wins, two from Le­clerc, he ap­pears set to ex­tend the scarlet scud­e­ria’s run of suc­cess to four races, his per­for­mance mak­ing him the first Fer­rari driver since Michael Schu­macher se­cured four straight poles in 2001 when Le­clerc was aged three. Se­ries leader and de­fend­ing five-time cham­pion Lewis Hamil­ton pulled out a daz­zling fi­nal sec­tor and fi­nal lap to take sec­ond ahead of Se­bas­tian Vet­tel in the other Fer­rari by a nar­row mar­gin.

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