Vettel leads Ferrari front row sweep in Russia

The pole, Vettel's 47th, ended a run of 18 in a row for world champion Mercedes which had Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton right behind the two red cars in third and fourth places.

Ferrari drivers Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen talk to each other at the end of the Russian GP qualifying session in Sochi.   -  AP

Formula One championship leader Sebastian Vettel secured Ferrari's first pole position since 2015 on Saturday with team-mate Kimi Raikkonen completing a front-row sweep at the Russian Grand Prix.

The pole, Vettel's 47th, ended a run of 18 in a row for world champion Mercedes which had Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton right behind the two red cars in third and fourth places.

Vettel, a four-times world champion with Red Bull, has won two of the first three races and leads triple champion Hamilton by seven points.

As a measure of Ferrari's achievement in breaking the Mercedes stranglehold and returning to form, the pole was only the Italian team's sixth since 2008.