Nico Rosberg fastest ahead of Lewis Hamilton in Sochi

ChMeHjjUkAISSxrWorld championship leader Nico Rosberg set the pace in Friday’s opening practice for the 2016 Formula 1 Russian Grand Prix, finishing three-quarters of a second up on Mercedes team mate Lewis Hamilton, with Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel a further three-tenths back in third.

Kimi Raikkonen was fourth fastest in the sister Ferrari, followed by the Williams of Felipe Massa, who recovered from a clutch problem early in the 90 minutes.

Sixth spot went to Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo, the Australian having trialled Red Bull’s new aeroscreen cockpit protection concept at the start of the session, with Valtteri Bottas seventh in the second Williams.

Local hero Daniil Kvyat took eighth for Red Bull, with Force India’s Sergio Perez and Toro Rosso’s Carlos Sainz completing the top ten, just ahead of the two McLarens.

New Renault test driver Sergey Sirotkin impressed on his first F1 outing on home soil, finishing 13th, five places and over half a second up on team mate Jolyon Palmer.

Russian Grand Prix First Practice Results
Pos. Car # Driver Best Time Behind Gap Laps
1 6 Nico Roseberg 1:38.127 Leader Leader 32
2 44 Lewis Hamiton 1:38.849 -0.722 -0.722 31
3 5 Sebastian Vettel 1:39.175 -1.048 -0.326 19
4 7 Kimi Raikkonen 1:39.332 -1.205 -0.157 18
5 19 Felipe Massa 1:39.365 -1.238 -0.033 14
6 3 Daniel Ricciardo 1:39.650 -1.523 -0.285 24
7 77 Valtteri Bottas 1:39.802 -1.675 -0.152 34
8 26 Daniil Kvyat 1:40.218 -2.091 -0.416 26
9 11 Sergio Perez 1:40.287 -2.160 -0.069 22
10 55 Carlos Sainz Jr 1:40.654 -2.527 -0.367 21
11 22 Jenson Button 1:40.663 -2.536 -0.009 19
12 14 Fernando Alonso 1:40.771 -2.644 -0.108 18
13 46 Sergey Sirotkin 1:40.898 -2.771 -0.127 24
14 12 Felipe Nasr 1:41.085 -2.958 -0.187 21
15 33 Max Verstappen 1:41.134 -3.007 -0.049 22
16 21 Esteban Gutierrez 1:41.238 -3.111 -0.104 18
17 8 Romain Grojean 1:41.385 -3.258 -0.147 20
18 30 Jolyon Palmer 1:41.671 -3.544 -0.286 25
19 9 Marcus Ericsson 1:41.962 -3.835 -0.291 22
20 94 Pascal Wehrlein 1:42.483 -4.356 -0.521 21
21 88 Rio Haryanto 1:42.687 -4.560 -0.204 8
22 34 Alfonso Celis, Jr. 1:43.432 -5.305 -0.745 23

 

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