Formula 1: Russian Grand Prix Practice 2

By Steve Aibel, Senior F1 Writer

Lewis Hamilton led Free Practice 2 in Sochi, Russia concluding the first day of the Formula 1 weekend in Russia.  Nico Rosberg brought the #6 Mercedes home in 3rd position after leading the first practice earlier on Friday.

Hamilton bested Rosberg by .867 seconds although Rosberg’s flying lap was affected by the spin and subsequent yellow flag caused by Romian Grosjean of Haas F1 Team.

Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel split the two Silver Arrows cars before an electrical problems ended the session for the 4 time champion.  Kimi Raikkonen brought the second Ferrari home in 4th again showing the strength of these two teams.

McLaren’s Jenson Button and Fernando Alonso cracked the top 10 with Button placing in 8th position and Alonso 10th.  McLaren quietly continues to improve their competitiveness each race.  Sochi could easily be a track that brings McLaren success as their times in opening practice sessions have approached those of Williams and Red Bull.

Carlos Sainz continues to outperform his teammate, Max Verstappen for Toro Rosso.  While Verstappen continues to get all of the publicity, Sainz is quietly going about doing his job and equaling or besting Verstappen. Saint outpaced Verstappen in both sessions on Friday in Russia.

Free Practice 2 Results

Pos Driver Team Time
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:37.583
2 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:38.235
3 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:38.459
4 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1:38.793
5 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull 1:39.084
6 Valtteri Bottas Williams 1:39.185
7 Daniil Kvyat Red Bull 1:39.193
8 Jenson Button McLaren 1:39.196
9 Felipe Massa Williams 1:39.289
10 Fernando Alonso McLaren 1:39.400
11 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso 1:39.465
12 Max Verstappen Toro Rosso 1:39.882
13 Nico Hulkenberg Force India 1:39.795
14 Sergio Perez Force India 1:39.867
15 Kevin Magnussen Renault  1:40.193
16 Romain Grosjean Haas  1:40.260
17 Esteban Gutierrez Haas   1:40.508
18 Jolyon Palmer Renault   1:40.688
19 Felipe Nasr Sauber   1:40.740
20 Rio Haryanto Manor   1:41.080
21 Pascal Wehrlein Manor   1:41.148
22 Marcus Ericsson Sauber   1:41.652

Image: Mercedes AMG PETRONAS Formula One Team



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Growing up in a racing family, Steve Aibel was surrounded by Allards, Crosleys and Corvettes! A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, Steve was drawn to the automobile magazines strewn throughout the house and Formula 1 in particular. With go karts, motorcycles and vintage race cars in the garage, it was inevitable that the torch would be carried by Steve. Lime Rock Park was his own personal playground while still keeping an eye on the pinnacle of motorsports overseas called Formula 1. Now, in the shadows of Circuit of the Americas, Steve is able to not only follow F1, he makes it the object of this racing stories. This passion for Formula 1 is shared weekly writing original articles for both Tribute Racing and Drafting the Circuits. He also participates in two weekly radio shows. Drafting The Circuits, (, which airs Tuesday evening at 7 pm CST and Formula 1 Racing Plus (, which broadcasts throughout the week on Performance Motorsports Network. Steve's motorsports photography can be found at

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