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F1 Russian GP grid: How the 20-driver field lines up

Sky Sports | Updated: 2018-09-30 20:00:23

Valtteri Bottas starts on pole ahead of Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel at the Russian GP, but there are raft of grid penalties further back in the field.

Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen form the grid's back row after several engine changes, with Pierre Gasly and Brendon Hartley just ahead of them after Toro Rosso also took penalties.

Fernando Alonso, another penalised driver, is 16th for McLaren, just behind Stoffel Vandoorne,

Those demotions have lifted both Williams drivers up a few places, while Carlos Sainz and Nico Hulkenberg have free tyre strategy from just outside the top 10 after Renault opted not to set a time during Q2 in qualifying.

Russian GP provisional grid
1) Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes
2) Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes
3) Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari
4) Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari
5) Kevin Magnussen, Haas
6) Esteban Ocon, Force India
7) Charles Leclerc, Saiber
8) Sergio Perez, Force India
9) Romain Grosjean, Haas
10) Marcus Ericsson, Sauber
11) Carlos Sainz, Renault
12) Nico Hulkenberg, Renault
13) Sergey Sirotkin, Williams
14) Lance Stroll, Williams
15) Stoffel Vandoorne, McLaren*
16) Fernando Alonso, McLaren*
17) Pierre Gasly, Toro Rosso*
18) Brendon Hartley, Toro Rosso*
19) Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull*
20) Max Verstappen, Red Bull**

*Taking engine penalties
** Taking engine penalties and received further three-place grid penalty for failing to slow for waved yellow flag

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