Hamilton takes pole in Russia

Lewis HamiltonLewis Hamilton – the 1/3 favourite – has gained a further advantage in the 2014 World Championship battle after claiming pole position for the Russian Grand Prix as title rival and Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg could only manage second on the grid.

Hamilton’s success in qualifying means that the Brit will appear at the front of the gird for the third time in four races and despite the bitter rivalry between the Mercedes pair, his team-mate Rosberg was quick to concede that Hamilton largely deserved pole.

“Lewis was quicker, all weekend really, I’ve been working hard to get closer but couldn’t get within those two-tenths now,” admitted Rosberg.

“That’s just the way it is. But the front-row is okay and from there everything is possible.”

Hamilton revelled in the glory to maintain his positive feeling ahead of the race on Sunday.

“Pole position is a great place to start, it was an amazing job from the team to keep on improving. It’s a beautiful place, I’m really enjoying driving this track. It’s been done really nicely,” he said.

“It wasn’t easy this session and trying to hook up a good lap. It wasn’t a perfect (pole) lap, I feel there was more time in it. But it’s a fine line obviously, we are all pushing out there. It didn’t feel as good as the P3 (third practice) session but hopefully tomorrow should be good.”

Williams’ Valtteri Bottas secured third place while the Red Bull duo of Daniel Ricciardo and Sebastian Vettel could only manage seventh and 11th on the grid respectively.

Hamilton is 4/9 to win the Russian Grand Prix.

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