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  1. Vettel on pole in first Ferrari lock-out for nine years
  2. Bottas 3rd, Hamilton 4th
  3. Palmer crashes out in Q1
  4. Sunday's race coverage from 11:30 BST

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By Gary Rose

All times stated are UK

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Not one to miss and a tough one to predict. Who will finish on the podium tomorrow?

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I'm never one to wish time away but I cannot wait for tomorrow's race. Ferraris on the front row, Lewis Hamilton behind them. Brilliant.

Join us for build up to the race from 11:30 BST. This is one you won't want to miss!

'Frustrating at times'

Fernando Alonso qualified 15th and had this to say: "I felt good and competitive and the grip was there on the straight but we were losing big times today. Definitely been frustrating at times but we need to think about tomorrow and we know that this circuit is power sensitive."

Fernando Alonso
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'Ferrari have stepped up'

It's not like Mercedes are suddenly no good - Ricciardo's Red Bull was over 1.6s slower than Bottas. Ferrari have stepped it up #RussianGP

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Pole position is the 47th of Sebastian Vettel's career and his first since Singapore 2015.

Vettel won the last nine races he started on pole. 

Make no mistake, Mercedes have a battle on their hands.

'Sunday is the day that counts'

Valtteri Bottas, who qualified third: "All weekend Ferrari have had the upper hand, but Sunday is always the day that counts." 

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'We are back'

More from Sebastian Vettel: "In qualifying Mercedes have been very, very strong. I am sure it will be very close tomorrow. Especially over the long run. We will see but for now are full, of joy. We are back, at least if you talk about the front row."

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Kimi Raikkonen, who qualified second: "I got some traffic on the last set and it was a bit more tricky and I tried to get it back on the last corner but much happier than in previous qualifying. It is one for the team and not too bad."

Kimi Raikkonen
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Sebastian Vettel, who qualified on pole position: "I had a good start to the session and was feeling reasonably comfortable. I lost a bit of rhythm in Q2 and then in Q3 the first run was not really tidy and I left it to the end. I knew it would be tight, I knew I would be the first one crossing the line. I got Valtteri's time and he did not manage to improve and when I got the message I had got it I was over the moon.

"If you have a rhythm here it feels fantastic. I am glad I got it back. It is great to have both cars on the front row but it is only part of the job done." 

Top, top Bwooaah-ing by Kimi in the press conference. 

Up for a scrap

Congratulations @ScuderiaFerrari for a first front row lockout since '08. You guys were rapid 👏 Ready for a proper scrap tomorrow #RussianGP

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Kenny Kong: What a cracking end to Q3, first @ScuderiaFerrari front row lock-out since 2008! Both drivers put in smashing laps to out-gun Mercs  

Darren Thompson: That Ferrari is impressive. So glad to see someone else at the front!  

Marcus Richards: Ferrari one-two, how long have we had to wait for that?! Stunning qualifying from Ferrari! 


Mercedes' run of successive pole positions ends at 18 - a run that goes back to Monaco last year. 

It is also the first time in 31 races they have not got a car on the front row.

Unfamiliar territory.

Qualifying - the rest

11) Sainz 12) Stroll 13) Kvyat 14) Magnussen 15) Alonso 16) Palmer 17) Vandoorne 18) Wehrlein 19) Ericsson 20) Grosjean

Qualifying top 10

1) Vettel 2) Raikkonen 3) Bottas 4) Hamilton 5) Ricciardo 6) Massa 7) Verstappen 8) Hulkenberg 9) Perez 10) Ocon


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Radio 5 live Formula 1 commentator

It is a Ferrari lock out for the first time this season and the team are elated it's their first pole since the 2015 Singapore GP. 

It's Ferrari front row lockout for the first time since the 2008 French Grand Prix as Kimi Raikkonen takes second on the grid. 

Valtteri Bottas takes third with less than a tenth of a second seperating the top three. Wow that's close!

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Wow! Third for Valtteri Bottas and FOURTH for Lewis Hamilton. Again they lost out in the final sector. 

Hamilton finishes more than half a second off the pace!

Sebastian Vettel crosses the line and he goes quickest! He does a 1:33.194.

Can either of the Mercedes beat him...?

Kimi Raikkonen loses half a second through the final sector. No improvement, but he's still on provisional pole.

Another personal best for Kimi Raikkonen through the second sector...

Lewis Hamilton is fastest of anyone through the first sector...

Here we go then. Kimi Raikkonen starts his flying lap. 

He sets a personal best through the first sector...

Two mins to go: Final flying laps being started - It's TENSE! #Quali #RussianGP 🇷🇺 #F1

Two mins to go: Final flying laps being started - It's TENSE! #Quali #RussianGP 🇷🇺 #F1

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BBC Radio 5 live commentator

The focus is now on the front who is it going to be? 

FASTEST SECTORS: Nothing in it between @ScuderiaFerrari & @MercedesAMGF1 #Quali #RussianGP 🇷🇺 #F1

FASTEST SECTORS: Nothing in it between @ScuderiaFerrari & @MercedesAMGF1 #Quali #RussianGP 🇷🇺 #F1

Could we be in for a Finland one-two in qualifying? That's how it stands at the moment. 

A quick trip back to the garage and Sebastian Vettel is first back out on the track for a final shot at pole.

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Valtteri Bottas is slower than the Ferraris through the final sector and he goes... second quickest, 0.036 down on Kimi Raikkonen.

Lewis Hamilton lost a whole chunk of time on that lap as goes fourth quickest, 1.2s down on Raikkonen.

Niki Lauda, watching on the screens in Mercedes garage, does not look happy.

Nico Hulkenberg is the first to cross the line with a 1:35.412 but he is nudged down the order by both Ferraris as Kimi Raikkonen does a 1:33.353 to go quickest with Sebastian Vettel two tenths down in second.

 Nico Hulkenberg gets past Lewis Hamilton and the Mercedes keeps up the pursuit. "He's driving quite dangerously," says Hamilton. A distraction he could do without as he tries to build the tyre temperatures up for a shot at provisional pole.

Oooooeeee that was close. 

Lewis Hamilton doesn't appear to see Nico Hulkenberg and the two run very, very close as they battle for track position. 

Final qualifying starts

Here we go then. The final part of qualifying is under way.

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Rod Peel: Have merc already turned the wick up or can we expect more for Q3?  

Allan McNish

BBC Radio 5 live Formula 1 analyst

It is generally down to the confidence of the driver, you understand how to place a car and then their are circuits where your driving DNA doesn't fit, sometimes you have bogey circuit, and not saying this circuit is one for Hamilton but it certainly isn't one of his good one. 

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Cheers as Daniil Kvyat walks down the pitlane. The Russian gives the home fans a wave but does not look happy at all. He'll start tomorrow's race from 13th.

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Rod peel: If there is no 1 and 2 drivers with Mercedes is there not a danger that the championship will be handed to Vettel as Ferrari have a No 1  

Sophie Maton: Come on @MercedesAMGF1 you can pull it back...from this race forward you will be back on top 

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1) Bottas 2) Raikkonen 3) Hamilton 4) Vettel 5) Massa 6) Verstappen 7) Hulkenberg 8) Ricciardo 9) Perez 10) Ocon