Final update: Lando Norris claimed the pole position and will be joined on the front row by Carlos Sainz and George Russell. The full starting grid is below.
Q2 update: Charles Leclerc and Nicholas Latifi both decided to pack it in as they will be starting Sunday’s race from the back of the pack with Max Verstappen. The five eliminated in Q2 were Leclear, Latifi, Sebastian Vettel, Pierre Gasly, and Yuki Tsunoda.
Q1 update: Max Verstappen has elected to call it a day early in qualifying and returned to the garage. He was already going to start Sunday from the back of the pack due to a penalty so this does not impact his starting position. The first five eliminated are Verstappen, Kimi Räikkönen, Mick Schumacher, Antonio Giovinazzi, and Nikita Mazepin.
Formula One racing has arrived in Sochi, Russia this weekend for the Russian Grand Prix. The race will take place on Sunday at Sochi Autodrom, getting underway at 8 a.m. ET on ESPN2. It will be available for live stream at WatchESPN.
The day prior, qualifying will take place at 8 a.m., also on ESPN2. The 20 drivers will face off for an hour of racing to establish the fastest time and secure pole position. F1 qualifying is broken up into three stages with five drivers eliminated after 20 minutes and five more eliminated after the next 15 minutes. Those ten take up spots 16-20 and 11-15 based on their finishing time in those first two qualifying stages. The remaining ten then compete for the pole position and spots 2-10.
Lewis Hamilton enters the race as the favorite to claim the pole position and to win the race at DraftKings Sportsbook. He’s installed at -150 to claim the pole, followed by Valtteri Bottas at +285 and Max Verstappen at +300. Hamilton and Verstappen are racing for the first time since an accident knocked them both out of the Italian Grand Prix on September 12.
Here is the full entry list for Sunday’s Russian Grand Prix as qualifying gets underway. We’ll provide updates with each driver’s time and how the starting lineup settles.
2021 Russian Grand Prix qualifying, final results
|2||Max Verstappen||Red Bull Racing Honda|
|4||Daniel Ricciardo||Mclaren Mercedes|
|6||Fernando Alonso||Alpine Renault|
|7||Lando Norris||McLaren Mercedes|
|8||Kimi Räikkönen||Alfa Romero Racing Ferrari|
|9||Sergio Perez||Red Bull Racing Honda|
|10||George Russell||Williams Mercedes|
|11||Lance Stroll||Aston Martin Mercedes|
|12||Sebastian Vettel||Aston Martin Mercedes|
|13||Pierre Gasly||Alphatauri Honda|
|14||Esteban Ocon||Alpine Renault|
|16||Antonio Giovinazzi||Alfa Romero Racing Ferrari|
|17||Yuki Tsunoda||Alphatauri Honda|
|18||Nikita Mazepin||Haas Ferrari|
|19||Nicholas Latifi||Williams Mercedes|
|20||Mick Schumacher||Haas Ferrari|