Rosberg on pole in Russia after Mercedes fails Hamilton again


Lewis Hamilton was let down by his Mercedes yet again as Nico Rosberg romped to pole position at the Russian Grand Prix.

A tight tussle for top spot on the grid had looked likely as the championship-leading pair fought for first place in the first and second qualifying sessions.

F1: Hamilton out of Russia qualifying

F1: Hamilton out of Russia qualifying

But Hamilton did not emerge for Q3 due to a repeat of the electrical issues that forced him to start at the back of the grid last time out in China.

"It's a second engine that I took at the last race and same failure as I had in the last race," Hamilton explained to Sky Sports.

"I went back out in Q2 at the end to just get a feel of the lap and I lost the same power as I lost in China.

"There's nothing I can do, but I never give up."

Rosberg had broken the Sochi Autodrom track record with a flying lap of one minute and 35.337 seconds in Q2, but 1:35.417 was enough for pole in the top-10 shootout.