For the first time since Sebastian Vettel in 2011, a non-Mercedes driver has won four consecutive pole positions in Formula One competition.
In Saturday afternoon’s qualifying session for the Russian Grand Prix, Charles Leclerc became the latest driver to win four-in-a-row by laying down a 1 minute, 31.628-second lap around the 18-Turn, 3.634-mile Sochi circuit in Q3 to put his Ferrari on the pole position for Sunday’s race.
The pole is the sixth of 2019 for the 21-year-old sophomore driver.
“The car felt amazing,” Leclerc said following his pole run. “It feels great to be back on pole, but the start is very important here – arguably more so than anywhere else.
“I just want to focus on the job tomorrow and it’s looking good at the moment.”
Lewis Hamilton qualified second, 0.402 seconds behind, while Leclerc’s teammate Sebastian Vettel qualified third.
Red Bull’s Max Verstappen and Valtteri Bottas qualified fourth and fifth, respectfully.
Carlos Sainz qualified sixth for McLaren, while Nico Hulkenberg was the fastest of the Renault drivers, qualifying seventh.
Lando Norris, Romain Grosjean and Daniel Riccardo rounded out the top 10 qualifiers.
Alexander Albon brought out the lone red flag of the session during Q1 when he lost the rear in Turn 13, going rear-first into the tire barriers. Albon will start Sunday’s race from the 19th position.
Full qualifying results and times are below: