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Sensational Leclerc makes it four poles in a row in Sochi

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Sochi has been a Mercedes fortress since it joined the F1 calendar, but Charles Leclerc breached their defences in qualifying for the 2019 Russian Grand Prix with a scintillating lap to take pole position – his fourth P1 start in as many races…

The two-time race winner has looked like the man to beat all weekend and he did not disappoint when it really counted, clocking a 1m31.801s around the Sochi Autodrom to finish four tenths clear of Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton.

The last time a Ferrari driver took four successive poles was when Michael Schumacher achieved the feat across the 2000 and 2001 seasons. Incidently, Leclerc – in only his second season in F1 – was just three years old at that time.

Sebastian Vettel failed to improve on his second lap and was jumped by Hamilton, meaning he’ll start his second successive Grand Prix from third on the grid.

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