Lewis Hamilton suffers again as Nico Rosberg takes pole for Russian F1 GP

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Lady luck has deserted as the defending world champion’s season suffered another setback here in Russia. Should Leicester claim the Premier League on Sunday, he may wish to ask the Buddhist monks who have been blessing the Foxes’ pitch to take a swift look at his Mercedes after back-to-back failures of the same component.

Hamilton has made his own luck in the past, last season dominating his team-mate, , to an extent that whatever good fortune there was seemed to bend to his implacable will. This year, with three wins from three for Rosberg, this was the race Hamilton wanted to kickstart the fightback. Instead he was left kicking his heels in the sunshine as the final part of qualifying took place without him and Rosberg claimed a dominant pole position.

Trailing his team-mate by 36 points in the championship after poor starts at the opening two meetings, Hamilton still seemed shocked when the same issue that had forced him to start at the back of the grid for the last race in China scuppered his chances here. He took no part in third qualifying after suffering from the same hybrid system failure in the turbo that cost him in Shanghai, both times from overheating, and admitted to feeling “almost helpless”.

Before qualifying the British driver was aware he had a “steep mountain to climb” to catch Rosberg. It is now that bit higher, with Hamilton at best starting from 10th on the grid (subject to any further penalties should he need to change a gearbox or power unit). Recovery drives from poor starts that dropped him from pole to sixth and ninth respectively have served him well, was as much as might have expected, but he knows he cannot continue to fall much further from the lead.

“The goal is moving further and further away in the distance,” he said. “I’m doing everything I can, there’s nothing else I can do. This is another big challenge and the challenge is becoming greater. Every challenge is an opportunity to rise.”

That the stewards issued him with just a reprimand for cutting the corner at turn two would have been the only news to have lifted his spirits.

“It’s a very bizarre situation,” the Mercedes motorsport head, Toto Wolff, told Sky Sports. “It seems like the same failure as in Shanghai, which means we have to reassess the root cause of the failure. He seems to have all the bad luck and the other side of the garage has all the luck.”

A win for Rosberg would make it four this season to add to the three he took at the close of 2015, momentum that is hard to ignore and there is no reason to doubt he should not take a pole-to-flag victory here as he did in China, such is the dominance of his Mercedes.

The pole, with a time of 1.35.417 – his second of the season and the 24th of his career, equalling Niki Lauda – was nailed in one run and with Hamilton out, Rosberg chose to not even set another time. His confidence was well justified. Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel finished in second, still a full seven-tenths of a second back from Rosberg, and the oft-suggested threat from the Scuderia looks highly unlikely to make its presence felt in Sochi. Indeed a grid penalty for a gearbox change means Vettel will start in seventh, with the Williams of Valtteri Bottas, who qualified in third, alongside Rosberg on the front row.

Rosberg, with admirable skill and commitment, nailed his lap on a tricky surface that offers great grip but must be handled with care. Qualifying had been set up for a mighty clash before fate intervened. Hamilton had complained of a lack of grip and that he was struggling with balance during practice, although he topped two of the three sessions and initially appeared to have edge over his team-mate , going one 10th of a second quicker in first qualifying.

However in second qualifying, Rosberg had broken the track record with a time of 1.35.337 on his opening run, from which Hamilton was almost half a second down on his first outing. The world champion had opted to come out again on a new set of the supersoft tyres – with rubber usage unlikely to be an issue in a race that will surely consist of only one stop – in an attempt to find a way to reel in Rosberg. But it was to be his final run as the car gave out on him, leaving another hard day in the office in prospect and a highly unusual hint of frustration with the team that have so far helped him to secure two of his three titles.

“We did 800km a day in testing and the car was faultless,” he said. “And all of a sudden two times in a row the same thing. That doesn’t happen to us. They say that we understood what happened in the first race. I would have thought we would have learned from that but obviously not.”


Little has gone right for Lewis Hamilton since winning in Austin last season

Australia After a bad start from pole, dropping to sixth, he recovers to finish second, eight seconds behind Nico Rosberg in the first race of the season.

Bahrain Another feeble start from pole after he is clipped on the first turn by Valtteri Bottas and crosses the line in third, 29 seconds behind Rosberg.

China Starts from last on the grid after failing to set any lap time in qualifying due to a power unit failure. Fights back to seventh in Shanghai but now trails his Mercedes rival by 36 points.

Yesterday Suffers a power unit failure for second race in a row and is set to start on 10th, unless he collects any further penalties.