By Philip Duncan, Press Association Sport
Published: 18:00 BST, 26 September 2020 | Updated: 18:00 BST, 26 September 2020
Lewis Hamilton said his heart was in his mouth as he survived a major scare to put his Mercedes on pole for Sunday's potentially historic Russian Grand Prix.
The British driver will start at the front of the grid in Sochi as he attempts to equal Michael Schumacher's victory record with his 91st career triumph.
But Hamilton came within a single second of qualifying only 15th after his afternoon was plunged into jeopardy following Sebastian Vettel's crash.
Lewis Hamilton endured a major scare to put Mercedes in pole again for Sunday's Russian GP
The quadruple world champion's accident at the fourth corner led to the action being halted in Q2 with two minutes and 15 seconds remaining.
Hamilton had failed to post a time - his earlier lap chalked off by the stewards for exceeding track limits.
With Vettel's damaged Ferrari removed, the remaining cars lined up in the pit lane. Hamilton was eighth in the queue ahead of the manic dash to beat the clock.
The reigning world champion came within a single second of qualifying only 15th in Sochi
Sebastian Vettel's nasty crash at the fourth corner had led to the action being halted in Q2
Leaving the pits, Hamilton ran wide on cold tyres. He was then blocked by Renault's Daniel Ricciardo at the penultimate corner.
Hamilton's race engineer gave his driver the hurry-up.
'Need to go, need to go, need to go,' the usually serene Pete Bonnington yelled over the radio, and - with just one second left - Hamilton crossed the line to start a new lap. He finished fourth and a crisis was averted.