Lewis Hamilton has said Russia is "worst place to be on pole" after surviving a Q2 scare to score his eighth pole in 10 races.
Hamilton survived a major scare in Q2 after seeing his first lap time deleted for exceeding track limits and his second ended early due to a red flag.
With little over two minutes remaining when the session resumed, the Mercedes driver crossed the line to start his final attempt as the clock ticked down to zero.
"The session was, it was one of the worst qualifying sessions," said Hamilton. "It was horrible, heart in your mouth the whole way.
"The first one I can't remember, I got the time taken away obviously which is the first time I've gone wide there all weekend and I wanted just to stay out and do another lap and get a banker, but they said come in to get new tyres and then the red flag came out.
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