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Defending champion Lewis Hamilton lost valuable points by finishing fifth after coming in for a late tire change, despite telling his team he wanted to stay on track when still in third.
The Omega Seiki and J K Tyre-backed driver was rewarded for the pace he has shown throughout the season.
Hamilton's record-extending 102nd pole saw him finish .13 seconds ahead of Bottas and .33 clear of Max Verstappen's Red Bull.
This season's narrow championship leader led the first session ahead of title rival Max Verstappen and the second from Ferrari's Charles Leclerc, who drove impressively in both.
Although Hamilton won in Sochi to clinch a record-extending 100th F1 win, Verstappen limited the damage by finishing a surprise second as the rain came thundering down.
The McLaren driver set the pace with a time of 1 minute, 41.993 seconds in the dying seconds of the session after switching to slick tires as the racing line dried.
It rained overnight in Sochi and on Saturday morning, with some lightning. The track is laid out on a flat part of the Black Sea coast, making it harder for water to drain away.
It was McLaren's first win in nearly nine years, since Jenson Button took the chequered flag in Brazil in 2012.
Bottas finished the 18-lap dash 2.325 seconds ahead of Verstappen but will start at the back of the grid as he is going to take a new power unit and will receive a penalty for doing so