Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas overcame a bizarre early distraction to come out on top at the Russian Grand Prix.
An illegal practice start proved costly for Lewis Hamilton, though Mercedes still triumphed in Russia thanks to Valtteri Bottas.
With time running out, Lewis Hamilton pulled out a big lap in Q2, and then went even quicker in Q3 to secure pole at the Russian Grand Prix.
After surviving a scare in Q2, Lewis Hamilton clinched pole position in Sochi as he looks to secure a 91st win in F1.
While it was far from straightforward, Lewis Hamilton was unsurprisingly fastest at the end of an eventful qualifying session in Sochi.
Red Bull struggled in practice for the Russian Grand Prix, an event where they have traditionally found the going tough.
If he can earn a fifth win in Russia, Lewis Hamilton will match Michael Schumacher's career total of 91 F1 wins.
Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas deflected blame for his involvement in a big crash at the Tuscan Grand Prix towards the F1 lawmakers.
There were two red flags in a dramatic race at Mugello, but Lewis Hamilton emerged triumphant from a battle with Valtteri Bottas.
In the first Formula One race at Mugello, Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas look set to continue Mercedes' dominant campaign.