The top three from the Russian Grand Prix qualifying (l-r): Valterri Bottas, Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg

F1 Russian Grand Prix qualifying: Lewis Hamilton continues relentless form as he takes pole in Sochi ahead of Nico Rosberg

Hamilton is looking to fourth race in a row and will start the inaugural Russian Grand Prix from pole ahead of his arch-rival Rosberg

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F1 Russian Grand Prix 2014: Coverage during Sunday's race could blackout because of security measures to protect Vladimir Putin

Putin's security forces will take measures to protect the Russian President which could the UK coverage briefly cut

Lewis Hamilton recovers after spinning out during third practice

F1 Russian Grand Prix 2014: Late spin can't deny Lewis Hamilton but championship leader lucky to keep car in one piece

The Mercedes driver lost the rear going into the penultimate turn and stopped just short of a side-on impact with the barrier

Lewis Hamilton at the Russian Grand Prix

F1 Russian Grand Prix 2014: Lewis Hamilton reveals traumatic memories of kart accident returned after Jules Bianchi crash

One of Hamilton's karting rivals Daniel Spence was killed in 1994 in a tragic accident, and he explained how it was a 'very traumatic' time during his childhood

FIA Race Director Charlie Whiting, FIA President Jean Todt, Chief Medical Officer Jean-Charles Piette and Medical Rescue Co-ordinator Ian Roberts attend a FIA press conference following the Jules Bianchi crash

Jules Bianchi crash: Report opens way for F1 safety improvements

There is a sombre mood hanging over this weekend's inaugural Russian Grand Prix

Marussia driver Jules Bianchi was taken to hospital unconscious following a crash at the Japanese Grand Prix

Jules Bianchi crash update: 'Fighter' Bianchi remains in critical condition, confirms his father Philippe

Bianchi suffered a diffuse axonal injury after a heavy collision with a recovery vehicle in Japan last weekend

Lewis Hamilton in action during first practice

F1 Russian Grand Prix 2014: Lewis Hamilton finishes on top once again as Formula One attempts to move on from Jules Bianchi crash

Only Max Chilton featured for Marussia as Hamilton repeated his habit of ending Friday's second session fastest of all

Lewis Hamilton

F1 Russian Grand Prix 2014: Lewis Hamilton says it's hard to focus on championship when thoughts are with Jules Bianchi

Championship leader admits he is thinking a lot about Bianchi along with the rest of the grid following his serious accident in Japan

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F1 Russian Grand Prix 2014: Sergio Perez says Jules Bianchi crash is 'unacceptable' and calls for greater use of safety car

Force India driver calls for FIA to change the rules and deploy the safety car whenever a recovery vehicle is needed on track

Jules Bianchi of France and Marussia arriving for the drivers' parade prior to the Japanese Formula One Grand Prix on 5 October

Jules Bianchi crash: Marussia confirm they will field only one car at Russian Grand Prix in mark of respect to Bianchi

The French driver remains in a critical condition following his serious accident in Japan

Felipe Massa during the drivers' press conference for the Russian Grand Prix

F1 Russian Grand Prix: Drivers dedicate Sochi debut to Jules Bianchi as Felipe Massa admits Japan was 'the worst race of my life'

A number of drivers have dedicated the race to Bianchi who suffered a diffuse axonal injury in a serious accident last week

Marussia driver Jules Bianchi was taken to hospital unconscious following a crash at the Japanese Grand Prix

Diffuse axonal injury: What is the head injury Jules Bianchi suffered?

Bianchi's family have confirmed that he suffered a diffuse axonal injury in the heavy collision between his Marussia and a recovery vehicle

Jules Bianchi on the track parade ahead of the Japanese Grand Prix

Jules Bianchi crash update: Family release statement to confirm Bianchi suffered a 'diffuse axonal injury' in Japanese Grand Prix crash

Marussia driver suffered a heavy impact to the head when he collided with a recovery vehicle towards the end of Sunday's race at Suzuka

Bianchi is tended to in his car following the crash at Suzuka on Sunday

Jules Bianchi crash: Suzuka spokesman claims Bianchi's accident was down to 'bad luck', not poor judgement

Organisers have been criticised over their delay in deploying the safety car as well as not bringing the race start time forward to avoid Typhoon Phanfone

Jules Bianchi crash video captured by fan at Japanese Grand Prix

Bianchi collided with a recovery vehicle that was retrieving Adrian Sutil's Sauber

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