Sochi, FP2: Hamilton takes over at top in Sochi as Vettel hits trouble

Hamilton tops FP2 as Vettel hits trouble

By Franck Drui

29 April 2016 - 14:35
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Lewis Hamilton set the fastest time of the second practice for the Russian Grand Prix, as Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel’s afternoon was cut short due to electronics problems.

Vettel was one of the first drivers to take to the track at the start of the 90-minute afternoon session at the Sochi Autodrom and he quickly set an early benchmark with a time of 1:38.921 that was just five thousandths of a second quicker than the first flying lap of Mercedes’ Nico Rosberg.

Vettel’s time held until 17 minutes into the session when Hamilton, who had struggled over his early laps popped up with a time of 1:38.311, 0.610s faster than the Ferrari driver.

Rosberg then improved to briefly dislodge Vettel but the German quickly reclaimed top spot with a time 0.076s up on the Mercedes pair.

That was to be Vettel’s last action of the session, however. On his next tour the German slowed and eventually ground to a halt on the start-finish straight. He was quickly on the radio to tell his team that he had “lost electronics”. His car was recovered to the garage but he would play no further part in the session.

Forty minutes into the session Hamilton reclaimed P1 with a lap of 1:37.583 that was 0.652s faster than Vettel’s effort.

Rosberg, though had hit traffic and he contented himself with third on the timesheet two tenths of a second behind Vettel as he returned to the pit lane for a period before emerging with half an hour left on the clock on a set of used supersoft tyres. Hamilton, meanwhile, stayed in the garage as Mercedes worked on set-up changes on his car.

Behind Rosberg, Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen took fourth spot with a time just over three tenths of the Mercedes driver.

Red Bull Racing’s Daniel Ricciardo set the afternoon’s fifth fastest time, 1.5s behind Hamilton’s benchmark and a tenth clear of Williams’ Valtteri Bottas. Daniil Kvyat was seventh in the second Red Bull.

01 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes AMG 1:37.583 30
02 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:38.235 10
03 Nico Rosberg Mercedes AMG 1:38.450 37
04 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1:38.793 35
05 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull Tag Heuer 1:39.084 34
06 Valtteri Bottas Williams Mercedes 1:39.185 42
07 Daniil Kvyat Red Bull Tag Heuer 1:39.193 32
08 Jenson Button McLaren Honda 1:39.196 31
09 Felipe Massa Williams Mercedes 1:39.289 38
10 Fernando Alonso McLaren Honda 1:39.400 30
11 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso Ferrari 1:39.465 37
12 Max Verstappen Toro Rosso Ferrari 1:39.501 30
13 Nico Hulkenberg Force India Mercedes 1:39.795 31
14 Sergio Perez Force India Mercedes 1:39.867 38
15 Kevin Magnussen Renault F1 1:40.193 41
16 Romain Grosjean Haas Ferrari 1:40.260 24
17 Esteban Gutierrez Haas Ferrari 1:40.508 26
18 Jolyon Palmer Renault F1 1:40.688 37
19 Felipe Nasr Sauber Ferrari 1:40.740 31
20 Rio Haryanto Manor Mercedes 1:41.080 38
21 Pascal Wehrlein Manor Mercedes 1:41.148 23
22 Marcus Ericsson Sauber Ferrari 1:41.652 29


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