F1: Leclerc on pole in Russia
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.