Sochi, FP2: Hamilton takes over at top in Sochi as Vettel hits trouble
Hamilton tops FP2 as Vettel hits trouble
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|
|03||Nico Rosberg||Mercedes AMG||1:38.450||37|
|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|