Vettel sets the pace in Russian GP practice

Tom Howard

Saturday 29th April, 2017 - 12:25am


Sebastian Vettel

Sebastian Vettel emerged fastest in Friday practice as Ferrari asserted its authority ahead of the Russian Grand Prix.

The four-time world champion recorded the fastest time of the day with a 1:34.120s on the ultra-soft compound tyres, to top the second 90 minute practice at the Sochi Autodrom.

Vettel headed Ferrari team-mate Kimi Raikkonen, who had topped opening practice in the sister SF70H.

The Finn proved 0.2s shy of Vettel as Ferrari lit up the timing screens.

Mercedes appeared to struggle for outright pace with Valtteri Bottas third fastest 0.6s adrift of Vettel.

Lewis Hamilton was a tenth further back in fourth as the Silver Arrows failed to match Ferrari in the second and third sectors of the lap.

Red Bull proved the best of the rest with Max Verstappen clocking a time three tenths faster than team-mate Daniel Ricciardo.

However, Verstappen’s day ended prematurely when a suspected fuel pressure issue saw him lose power with 20 minutes of second practice remaining.

Williams’ Felipe Massa was seventh ahead of Nico Hulkenberg (Renault), Kevin Magnussen (Haas F1) and Force India’s Sergio Perez, who rounded out the top 10.

McLaren’s Fernando Alonso was able to clock a time good enough 12th on what was another difficult day for the Woking squad.

The sister car of Stoffel Vandoorne ended up 16th after missing much of the opening practice due to an engine issue.

McLaren has elected to change the Honda power unit which incurred a 15-place grid drop for the Belgian.

Rookie Lance Stroll was 19th for Williams having been the only driver not to compete a run on the ultra-soft tyres.

Russian Daniil Kvyat finished 17th as Toro Rosso struggled for outright pace.

Countryman Sergey Sirotkin briefly appeared in opening practice for Renault as he took the wheel of Hulkenberg’s car.

The Renault reserve driver completed two installation laps before an issue sidelined the car for the remainder of the session.

Qualifying is scheduled to begin tonight at 2200 AEST.

Result: Formula 1 Russian Grand Prix Practice 2

Position Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:34.120s 36
2 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1:34.383s 0.263s 36
3 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:34.790s 0.670s 36
4 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:34.829s 0.709s 34
5 Max Verstappen Red Bull/Renault 1:35.540s 1.420s 15
6 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1:35.910s 1.790s 26
7 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1:36.261s 2.141s 39
8 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1:36.329s 2.209s 38
9 Kevin Magnussen Haas/Ferrari 1:36.506s 2.386s 31
10 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1:36.600s 2.480s 38
11 Esteban Ocon Force India/Mercedes 1:36.654s 2.534s 39
12 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 1:36.765s 2.645s 27
13 Jolyon Palmer Renault 1:36.771s 2.651s 22
14 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 1:37.039s 2.919s 31
15 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Renault 1:37.083s 2.963s 36
16 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren/Honda 1:37.125s 3.005s 25
17 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso/Renault 1:37.300s 3.180s 35
18 Pascal Wehrlein Sauber/Ferrari 1:37.441s 3.321s 30
19 Lance Stroll Williams/Mercedes 1:37.747s 3.627s 36
20 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1:37.819s 3.699s 29

Result: Formula 1 Russian Grand Prix Practice 1 

Position Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1:36.074s 19
2 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:36.119s 0.045s 24
3 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:36.681s 0.607s 23
4 Max Verstappen Red Bull/Renault 1:37.174s 1.100s 19
5 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:37.230s 1.156s 19
6 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1:37.290s 1.216s 19
7 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1:37.457s 1.383s 29
8 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1:37.900s 1.826s 29
9 Lance Stroll Williams/Mercedes 1:37.944s 1.870s 30
10 Esteban Ocon Force India/Mercedes 1:38.065s 1.991s 28
11 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso/Renault 1:38.496s 2.422s 17
12 Kevin Magnussen Haas/Ferrari 1:38.747s 2.673s 23
13 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 1:38.813s 2.739s 16
14 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Renault 1:38.976s 2.902s 17
15 Jolyon Palmer Renault 1:39.158s 3.084s 16
16 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 1:39.533s 3.459s 17
17 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren/Honda 1:39.541s 3.467s 19
18 Pascal Wehrlein Sauber/Ferrari 1:39.731s 3.657s 21
19 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1:40.079s 4.005s 20
20 Sergey Sirotkin Renault 2 comment policy

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