T15th race in Formula 1 The season will start on Sunday, but we will first qualify this Saturday after heavy rain prevailed. However, now it looks like they are on the decline, so the cars will be able to qualify after they fail to do so in FP3. On this Russian Grand Prix Qualifying live blog, we will have all the news from Sochi Autodrom.
F1 Qualifiers Live – Text Commentary & Real-Time F1 Updates
This is the start of our live blog about qualifications for Russian Grand Prix… We will have all the build-up and then updates from the session itself, with the entries closest to the top, to the most recent.
1:20 pm BST: Five cars left after Q1
The five cars that were dropped after the first quarter are as follows:
- Kimi Raikkonen, Alfa Romeo
- Mick Schumacher, Haas
- Antonio Giovinazzi, Alfa Romeo
- Nikita Mazepin, Haas
- Max Verstappen, Red Bull (time not specified)
13:14 BST: Verstappen is out today
Verstappen is due to start from the end of the grid on Sunday, so Red Bull decided that their star rider would not be out on the wet track on Saturday afternoon.
13:11 BST: Close call
In Sochi, we almost got into a serious accident when Antonio Giovinazzi flew out from under the impact, and Charles Leclerc almost knocked him down.
1:00 p.m. BST: Cars enter qualification … with wet tires
Like this! It seemed that qualification would take place tomorrow morning, and now the cars are leaving the track in Sochi. The track is still wet, but the tires are wet on the cars.
12:55 BST: The spectacle we all wanted to see
The rain seems to have gone and the clouds are gathering, so for qualification we should have a day without rain.