Rosberg eases to Russian GP pole as Hamilton hits trouble

ChTIQYnW4AAN_FCNico Rosberg will start Sunday’s 2016 Formula 1 Russian Grand Prix from pole position, after topping Sochi qualifying by 0.706s from Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel. Mercedes team mate Lewis Hamilton finished tenth as a power unit failure ruled him out of Q3.

With Vettel carrying a five-place grid penalty due to an unscheduled gearbox change, the German will start seventh behind – in qualifying order – Williams’ Valtteri Bottas, Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen, Williams’ Felipe Massa, Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo, and Force India’s Sergio Perez.

Red Bull’s Daniil Kvyat, Toro Rosso’s Max Verstappen and the luckless Hamilton completed the top ten.

Hamilton was downbeat but philosophical after his technical problems, a recurrence of the same issue his car suffered last time out in China. They mean he now faces the possibility of again starting from the back of the grid.

“There’s nothing I can do… I never give up,” said the world champion, who also has to visit the stewards to explain why he did not rejoin the track in the manner required by the race director after running slightly wide at Turn 2 during Q1.

The opening phase saw Hamilton edge out Rosberg with 1m 36.006s to 1m 36.119s – both comfortably faster than they had been in FP3. Vettel was close, but not close enough, with 1m 36.555s.

As Esteban Gutierrez joined Haas team mate Romain Grosjean in progressing to Q2, Kevin Magnussen narrowly beat Renault team mate Jolyon Palmer but both failed to get through. Behind them, Felipe Nasr took 19th for Sauber, as Pascal Wehrlein just headed Manor partner Rio Haryanto. Marcus Ericsson brought up the rear in the second Sauber.

Rosberg owned Q2 with a lap of 1m 35.337s, half a second up on Hamilton and a whole 1.3s up on Vettel.

Further back, Daniil Kvyat delighted the crowd when his final effort lifted him to 10th, and Q3, in the dying seconds. That bumped Toro Rosso’s Carlos Sainz by 0.046s. There was no joy for McLaren either; Jenson Button was left 12th, two places ahead of team mate Fernando Alonso. They sandwiched Nico Hulkenberg’s Force India, as the two Haas cars of Grosjean and Gutierrez finished 15th and 16th.

As Hamilton’s latest ERS drama unfolded and precluded him from running, Rosberg owned Q3 too. His first run yielded 1m 35.417s to Vettel’s 1m 36.259s and Raikkonen’s 1m 36.695s.

Rosberg’s next try saw him faster in the first two sectors before the lap was ruined by an off in Turn 13, but by then the job was long done.

Vettel improved from 1m 36.259s to 1m 36.123s, but drops to seventh after his penalty, which means that with the third fastest time of 1m 36.536s Bottas will make Williams’ first front-row start since Germany two years ago.

Russian Grand Prix Qualifying Results
Pos. Car # Driver Q1 Q2 Q3 Gap Laps
1 6 Nico Roseberg 1:36.199 1:35.337 1:35.417 Leader 16
2 5 Sebastian Vettel 1:36.555 1:36.623 1:36.123 -0.706 16
3 77 Valtteri Bottas 1:37.746 1:37.140 1:36.536 -0.413 17
4 7 Kimi Raikkonen 1:36.979 1:36.741 1:36.663 -0.127 17
5 19 Felipe Massa 1:37.753 1:37.230 1:37.016 -0.353 16
6 3 Daniel Ricciardo 1:38.091 1:37.569 1:37.125 -0.109 22
7 11 Sergio Perez 1:38.006 1:37.282 1:37.212 -0.087 20
8 26 Daniil Kvyat 1:38.265 1:37.606 1:37.459 -0.247 22
9 33 Max Verstappen 1:38.123 1:37.510 1:37.583 -0.124 20
10 44 Lewis Hamiton 1:36.006 1:35.820 0:00.000 1.763 13
11 55 Carlos Sainz Jr 1:37.784 1:37.652 Eliminated -1.832 14
12 22 Jenson Button 1:38.332 1:37.701 Eliminated -0.049 14
13 27 Nico Hulkenberg 1:38.562 1:37.771 Eliminated -0.070 17
14 14 Fernando Alonso 1:37.971 1:37.807 Eliminated -0.036 14
15 8 Romain Grojean 1:38.383 1:38.055 Eliminated -0.248 16
16 21 Esteban Gutierrez 1:38.678 1:38.115 Eliminated -0.060 18
17 20 Kevin Magnussen 1:38.914 Eliminated -0.799 10
18 30 Jolyon Palmer 1:39.009 Eliminated -0.095 9
19 12 Felipe Nasr 1:39.018 Eliminated -0.009 10
20 94 Pascal Wehrlein 1:39.399 Eliminated -0.381 10
21 88 Rio Haryanto 1:39.463 Eliminated -0.064 10
22 9 Marcus Ericsson 1:39.519 Eliminated -0.056 10

 

 

 

 

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Lewis Hamilton closes out Russian GP practice fastest

Lewis HamiltonLewis Hamilton left it until the very last moment to grab fastest lap from Mercedes team mate Nico Rosberg on Saturday afternoon, as Sochi Autodrom hosted the final session of practice for the 2016 Formula 1 Russian Grand Prix.

The two had played nip and tuck throughout, with Rosberg generally holding a one- or two-tenth advantage, as Hamilton frequently went quicker in the first sector only to lose out in the second. Both also had off-track moments.

There was a brief virtual safety car deployment after 15 minutes when Sergio Perez failed to make Turn 13, ran into the run-off area and then tried to make an anti-clockwise arc to get back on track before his Force India ran out of steering lock as he neared the wall. But that was all sorted out quickly, without causing too much interruption.

Rosberg then did much the same thing, albeit making a better fist of the recovery process with a quick bit of reversing, and later Hamilton went off on a tighter line and was able to get back out in a clockwise direction.

In the end, Rosberg lapped in 1m 36.471s only to see Hamilton bang in his best of 1m 36.403s.

For a while the Ferraris looked very threatening as Vettel lapped his SF16-H in 1m 37.007s when Rosberg had done 1m 36.783s and Hamilton 1m 36.953s, but where the Silver Arrows went quicker, the red car did not.

Kimi Raikkonen was fourth, but struggled with a wayward car on his way to a disappointed 1m 37.727s. Behind him, the Williams duo of Felipe Massa and Valtteri Bottas were close with 1m 37.918s and 1m 37.985s apiece.

Right at the end Max Verstappen jumped his Toro Rosso to seventh with 1m 38.133s at the expense of Jenson Button, who nevertheless boosted McLaren’s hopes of making Q3 this afternoon with 1m 38.260s. Toro Rosso’s Carlos Sainz and Perez completed the top 10. All of them set their times on the supersoft Pirelli tyres.

As six-tenths covered Verstappen in seventh down to McLaren’s Fernando Alonso in 12th, eight-tenths bracketed 13th placed Dany Kvyat and last man Felipe Nasr. Qualifying is going to be very tight.

Russian Grand Prix Final Practice Results
Pos. Car # Driver Best Time Behind Gap Laps
1 44 Lewis Hamiton 1:36.403 Leader Leader 17
2 6 Nico Roseberg 1:36.471 -0.068 -0.068 22
3 5 Sebastian Vettel 1:37.007 -0.604 -0.536 28
4 7 Kimi Raikkonen 1:37.727 -1.324 -0.720 14
5 19 Felipe Massa 1:37.918 -1.515 -0.191 16
6 77 Valtteri Bottas 1:37.985 -1.582 -0.067 16
7 33 Max Verstappen 1:38.133 -1.730 -0.148 22
8 22 Jenson Button 1:38.260 -1.857 -0.127 14
9 55 Carlos Sainz Jr 1:38.465 -2.062 -0.205 25
10 11 Sergio Perez 1:38.542 -2.139 -0.077 18
11 3 Daniel Ricciardo 1:38.622 -2.219 -0.080 23
12 14 Fernando Alonso 1:38.633 -2.230 -0.011 12
13 26 Daniil Kvyat 1:39.047 -2.644 -0.414 15
14 27 Nico Hulkenberg 1:39.162 -2.759 -0.115 16
15 21 Esteban Gutierrez 1:39.230 -2.827 -0.068 18
16 20 Kevin Magnussen 1:39.238 -2.835 -0.008 16
17 8 Romain Grojean 1:39.239 -2.836 -0.001 15
18 30 Jolyon Palmer 1:39.589 -3.186 -0.350 19
19 88 Rio Haryanto 1:39.599 -3.196 -0.010 19
20 94 Pascal Wehrlein 1:39.663 -3.260 -0.064 18
21 9 Marcus Ericsson 1:39.740 -3.337 -0.077 23
22 12 Felipe Nasr 1:39.898 -3.495 -0.158 19

 

 

 

 

Hamilton back on top in Russia FP2

Lewis HamiltonMercedes’ Lewis Hamilton moved to the head of the timesheets in Friday’s second practice in Russia, as suspected electrical problems on his Ferrari ended Sebastian Vettel’s running just half an hour into the 90-minute session.

Vettel finished second nonetheless, with FP1 pacesetter Nico Rosberg third in the sister Mercedes, 0.8s behind his team mate. Fourth place went to the second Ferrari of Kimi Raikkonen.

After struggling in Rosberg’s wake all morning, Hamilton brought some ‘Hammertime’ to the Sochi Autodrom as the world champion got things together on the soft-compound Pirelli tyres to set the initial pace with 1m 38.311s ahead of Rosberg on 1m 38.450s and Vettel on 1m 38.921s.

The Englishman’s runs were not without incident, though, as he ran wide at Turn 7 and then spun at Turn 4.

At the half-hour mark Ferrari switched to the supersofts and saw Vettel temporarily go fastest with 1m 38.235s. However, while trying to improve on that the SF16-H rolled to a halt by the pit wall when the German’s electronics cut out. The virtual safety car was deployed as the red car was wheeled away.

Thereafter, Hamilton blasted his rivals with a blistering lap of 1m 37.583s on the red-banded tyres to undercut Vettel by 0.652s. He subsequently failed to improve, as did Rosberg, before they moved on to race runs.

Raikkonen was a disappointing half a second off Vettel’s pace, as the Red Bulls of Daniel Ricciardo and Daniil Kvyat sandwiched Valtteri Bottas’ Williams. Jenson Button in the lead McLaren, Felipe Massa in the second FW38, and Fernando Alonso in the sister McLaren completed the top 10.

Again, the green track caught out many; besides Hamilton, both Manors spun, Romain Grosjean half spun his Haas, and Rosberg, Ricciardo, Kvyat, Jolyon Palmer, Marcus Ericsson, Felipe Nasr and Carlos Sainz all had harmless off-track excursions.

Russian Grand Prix Second Practice Results
Pos. Car # Driver Best Time Behind Gap Laps
1 44 Lewis Hamiton 1:37.583 Leader Leader 30
2 5 Sebastian Vettel 1:38.235 -0.652 -0.652 10
3 6 Nico Roseberg 1:38.450 -0.867 -0.215 37
4 7 Kimi Raikkonen 1:38.793 -1.210 -0.343 35
5 3 Daniel Ricciardo 1:39.084 -1.501 -0.291 34
6 77 Valtteri Bottas 1:39.185 -1.602 -0.101 42
7 26 Daniil Kvyat 1:39.193 -1.610 -0.008 32
8 22 Jenson Button 1:39.196 -1.613 -0.003 31
9 19 Felipe Massa 1:39.289 -1.706 -0.093 38
10 14 Fernando Alonso 1:39.400 -1.817 -0.111 30
11 55 Carlos Sainz Jr 1:39.465 -1.882 -0.065 37
12 33 Max Verstappen 1:39.501 -1.918 -0.036 30
13 27 Nico Hulkenberg 1:39.795 -2.212 -0.294 31
14 11 Sergio Perez 1:39.867 -2.284 -0.072 38
15 20 Kevin Magnussen 1:40.193 -2.610 -0.326 41
16 8 Romain Grojean 1:40.260 -2.677 -0.067 24
17 21 Esteban Gutierrez 1:40.508 -2.925 -0.248 26
18 30 Jolyon Palmer 1:40.688 -3.105 -0.180 37
19 12 Felipe Nasr 1:40.740 -3.157 -0.052 31
20 88 Rio Haryanto 1:41.080 -3.497 -0.340 38
21 94 Pascal Wehrlein 1:41.148 -3.565 -0.068 23
22 9 Marcus Ericsson 1:41.652 -4.069 -0.504 29

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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Hamilton nears third F1 title with Russian GP victory

untitledMercedes’ Lewis Hamilton eased to victory in Sochi on Sunday, his pole-sitting team mate Nico Rosberg having retired from the lead with throttle problems on lap 7. Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel took the runner-up spot to move into second in the title standings, with Force India’s Sergio Perez earning third in dramatic fashion after a final-lap clash involving Williams’ Valtteri Bottas and Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen.

There was action from the outset. As Rosberg safely retained his advantage, Force India’s Nico Hulkenberg spun of his own accord at Turn 2, collecting the innocent Sauber of Marcus Ericsson. That eliminated both men on the spot and brought out the safety car. Toro Rosso’s Max Verstappen also spun avoiding the incident and picked up a puncture, forcing him to limp back to the pits.

Rosberg started complaining of throttle problems on lap 5, and by lap 7 Hamilton was past and the German was in the pits, retiring his car, a further huge dent placed in his 2015 title hopes.

The safety car was back on track on lap 12 after Romain Grosjean lost control of his Lotus through the challenging Turn 3. The Frenchman slammed into the barriers but was mercifully able to walk away from his shattered machine.

After racing resumed on lap 17, Hamilton never looked back, retaining his lead even during his single stop and going on to win by six seconds. In the process he extended his championship advantage over Rosberg to 73 points with 100 still up for grabs.

There were plenty of battles for the remaining points positions. Running third, Perez was passed by Bottas and Raikkonen on the penultimate lap, only to regain the place a few corners later when Raikkonen’s bungled overtaking attempt on Bottas put the Williams out and left the Ferrari limping to fifth behind the sister Williams of Felipe Massa. Bottas was classified 12th and the collision is under investigation by the stewards.

Daniil Kvyat was sixth in his home race for Red Bull, ahead of Sauber’s Felipe Nasr and Lotus’s Pastor Maldonado. McLaren got both cars into the points, with Jenson Button ninth and Fernando Alonso tenth.

Toro Rosso’s Carlos Sainz fought back from his Saturday shunt to run as high as seventh before retiring on lap 47 after spinning with fading brakes. Red Bull stablemate Daniel Ricciardo was the other DNF, the Australian pulling out with suspected suspension issues on lap 49.

Russian Grand Prix Race Results
Pos. Car # Driver Laps Behind Status Points
1 44 Lewis Hamiton 53 Leader Running 25
2 5 Sebastian Vettel 53 -5.953 Running 18
3 11 Sergio Perez 53 -28.918 Running 15
4 19 Felipe Massa 53 -38.831 Running 12
5 26 Daniil Kvyat 53 -47.566 Running 10
6 12 Felipe Nasr 53 -56.508 Running 8
7 13 Pastor Maldonado 53 -61.088 Running 6
8 7 Kimi Raikkonen 53 -72.358 Running 4
9 22 Jenson Button 53 -79.467 Running 2
10 33 Max Verstappen 53 -88.424 Running 1
11 14 Fernando Alonso 53 -91.210 Running 0
12 77 Valtteri Bottas 52 -1 Lap Retired 0
13 98 Roberto Merhi 52 -1 Lap Running 0
14 28 Will Stevens 51 -2 Laps Running 0
15 3 Daniel Ricciardo 49 -4 Laps Retired 0
16 55 Carlos Sainz Jr 47 -6 Laps Retired 0
17 8 Romain Grojean 12 -41 Laps Retired 0
18 6 Nico Roseberg 7 -46 Laps Retired 0
19 27 Nico Hulkenberg 1 -52 Laps Retired 0
20 9 Marcus Ericsson 1 -52 Laps Retired 0

 

Drivers Championship
After Race 14 of the 2015 season at Russian Grand Prix
Pos. Car # Driver Team Wins Points Behind
1 44 L. Hamiton Mercedes 9 302 Leader
2 5 S. Vettel Ferrari 3 236 -66
3 6 N. Roseberg Mercedes 3 229 -73
4 7 K. Raikkonen Ferrari 0 129 -173
5 77 V. Bottas William-Mercedes 0 111 -191
6 19 F. Massa William-Mercedes 0 109 -193
7 26 D. Kvyat Red Bull Racing-Renault 0 74 -228
8 3 D. Ricciardo Red Bull Racing-Renault 0 73 -229
9 11 S. Perez Force india-Mercedes 0 54 -248
10 8 R. Grojean Lotus-Mercedes 0 44 -258
11 27 N. Hulkenberg Force india-Mercedes 0 38 -264
12 33 M. Verstappen Toro Rosso 0 32 -270
13 12 Felipe Nasr Sauber-Ferrari 0 23 -279
14 13 P. Maldonado Lotus-Mercedes 0 20 -282
15 14 F. Alonso McLaren-Honda 0 12 -290
16 55 C. Sainz Jr Toro Rosso 0 12 -290
17 9 M. Ericsson Sauber-Ferrari 0 9 -293
18 22 J. Button McLaren-Honda 0 8 -294
19 98 R. Merhi Manor-Ferrari 0 0 -302
20 28 W. Stevens Manor-Ferrari 0 0 -302
21 53 Alexander Rossi Manor-Ferrari 0 0 -302
22 20 K. Magnussen McLaren-Honda 0 0 -302

 

Constructors Championship
After Race 15 of the 2015 season at Russian Grand Prix
Pos. Team Wins Points Behind
1 Mercedes 12 531 Leader
2 Ferrari 3 365 -166
3 Williams-Mercedes 0 220 -311
4 Red Bull Racing-Renault 0 147 -384
5 Force India-Mercedes 0 92 -439
6 Lotus-Renault 0 64 -467
7 Toro Rosso-Renault 0 44 -487
8 Sauber-Ferrari 0 32 -499
9 McLaren-Honda 0 20 -511
10 Manor-Ferrari 0 0 -531

 

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Nico Rosberg takes pole at the Russian GP, his third of the season

untitled3Nico Rosberg went fastest in Saturday’s qualifying for the 2015 Formula 1 Russian Grand Prix to secure his third pole position of the season. Rosberg headed Mercedes team mate Lewis Hamilton – who abandoned his final run after an error – by a third of a second, with Williams’ Valtteri Bottas a further half second back in third.

The Ferraris of Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen took fourth and fifth, followed by the Force Indias of Nico Hulkenberg and Sergio Perez. Lotus’s Romain Grosjean, Toro Rosso’s Max Verstappen and Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo completed the top ten.

Rosberg led Q2, which accounted for the loss of local hero Daniil Kvyat in the Red Bull, Sauber’s Felipe Nasr, McLaren’s Jenson Button, and Lotus’s Pastor Maldonado. The big shock, however, was Felipe Massa, who could manage only 15th in the Williams after making a mistake on one run and hitting traffic on another.

Mercedes were the only team not to use the supersoft tyres in Q1, but Rosberg topped it nonetheless. Eliminated were McLaren’s Fernando Alonso, Sauber’s Marcus Ericsson, and Marussia’s Will Stevens and Roberto Merhi. Toro Rosso’s Carlos Sainz did not run following his FP3 accident.

Engine-change penalties for Alonso (35 grid places) and Merhi (20 places) means they will start Sunday’s race from the back of the grid. Should he be cleared to race, Sainz will start from the pit lane.

Russian Grand Prix Qualifying Results
Pos. Car # Driver Q1 Q2 Q3 Gap Laps
1 6 Nico Roseberg 1:38.343 1:37.500 1:37.113 Leader 20
2 44 Lewis Hamiton 1:38.558 1:37.672 1:37.433 -0.320 18
3 77 Valtteri Bottas 1:38.448 1:38.194 1:37.912 -0.479 26
4 5 Sebastian Vettel 1:38.598 1:38.402 1:37.965 -0.053 15
5 7 Kimi Raikkonen 1:39.207 1:38.224 1:38.348 -0.383 18
6 27 Nico Hulkenberg 1:39.250 1:38.727 1:38.659 -0.311 21
7 11 Sergio Perez 1:39.617 1:38.914 1:38.691 -0.032 19
8 8 Romain Grojean 1:39.056 1:38.754 1:38.787 -0.096 19
9 33 Max Verstappen 1:39.411 1:39.119 1:38.924 -0.137 23
10 3 Daniel Ricciardo 1:39.574 1:39.005 1:39.728 -0.804 18
11 26 Daniil Kvyat 1:39.580 1:39.214 Eliminated 0.514 18
12 12 Felipe Nasr 1:40.042 1:39.323 Eliminated -0.109 18
13 22 Jenson Button 1:39.739 1:39.763 Eliminated -0.440 15
14 13 Pastor Maldonado 1:39.724 1:39.811 Eliminated -0.048 15
15 19 Felipe Massa 1:38.926 1:39.895 Eliminated -0.084 17
16 14 Fernando Alonso 1:40.144 Eliminated -0.249 7
17 9 Marcus Ericsson 1:40.660 Eliminated -0.516 8
18 28 Will Stevens 1:43.693 Eliminated -3.033 9
19 98 Roberto Merhi 1:43.804 Eliminated -0.111 8
20 55 Carlos Sainz Jr DNS Eliminated 43.804 0

 

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Massa leads wet Russian Grand Prix second practice

untitledWilliams’ Felipe Massa topped Friday’s second practice for the 2015 Formula 1 Russian Grand Prix, as heavy rain limited running at the Sochi Autodrom. Just eight men recorded lap times, with Massa leading Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel by two-tenths of a second.

Third place went to Massa’s team mate Valtteri Bottas, while Toro Rosso’s Max Verstappen was fourth, followed by McLaren’s Fernando Alonso. Red Bull’s Daniil Kvyat, Toro Rosso’s Carlos Sainz and McLaren’s Jenson Button completed the timed runners.

Six drivers – Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen, Lotus’s Romain Grosjean and Pastor Maldonado, Sauber’s Felipe Nasr and Marussia’s Will Stevens and Roberto Merhi – opted not to venture out at all in the tricky conditions.

Combined with the half-hour reduction in FP1 this morning, the wet conditions in FP2 mean the teams will have an awful lot of work to do in Saturday’s final practice session to prepare for qualifying and the race.

Russian Grand Prix Second Practice Results
Pos. Car # Driver Best Time Behind Gap Laps
1 19 Felipe Massa 2:00.458 Leader Leader 6
2 5 Sebastian Vettel 2:00.659 -0.201 -0.201 8
3 77 Valtteri Bottas 2:00.688 -0.230 -0.029 8
4 33 Max Verstappen 2:00.806 -0.348 -0.118 7
5 14 Fernando Alonso 2:01.077 -0.619 -0.271 12
6 26 Daniil Kvyat 2:01.418 -0.960 -0.341 6
7 55 Carlos Sainz Jr 2:02.805 -2.347 -1.387 7
8 22 Jenson Button 2:02.845 -2.387 -0.040 8
9 6 Nico Roseberg 0:00.000 -2:02.458 0:02.845 6
10 9 Marcus Ericsson 0:00.000 -2:02.458 0:00.000 3
11 44 Lewis Hamiton 0:00.000 -2:02.458 0:00.000 3
12 11 Sergio Perez 0:00.000 -2:02.458 0:00.000 3
13 27 Nico Hulkenberg 0:00.000 -2:02.458 0:00.000 3
14 3 Daniel Ricciardo 0:00.000 -2:02.458 0:00.000 1
15 7 Kimi Raikkonen 0:00.000 -2:02.458 0:00.000 0
16 8 Romain Grojean 0:00.000 -2:02.458 0:00.000 0
17 12 Felipe Nasr 0:00.000 -2:02.458 0:00.000 0
18 13 Pastor Maldonado 0:00.000 -2:02.458 0:00.000 0
19 28 Will Stevens 0:00.000 -2:02.458 0:00.000 0
20 98 Roberto Merhi 0:00.000 -2:02.458 0:00.000 0

 

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