Fer­rari dom­i­nates Rus­sian prac­tice

Sunday Territorian - - SPORT -

FOR­MULA One fron­trun­ner Se­bas­tian Vet­tel has led a Fer­rari one-two in Rus­sian Grand Prix prac­tice, with the resur­gent Ital­ian team ap­pear­ing to have a clear edge over cham­pi­ons Mercedes.

In a P2 where Aus­tralia’s Daniel Ric­cia­rdo trailed Red Bull team­mate Max Ver­stap­pen, Ger­man four-time world cham­pion Vet­tel pro­duced a best lap of one minute 34.120sec – he was 0.263sec quicker than team­mate Kimi Raikko­nen and 0.709sec clear of Mercedes’ Lewis Hamil­ton.

Raikko­nen had been fastest in the morn­ing. Valt­teri Bot­tas, a close sec­ond in open­ing prac­tice, was third in the af­ter­noon for Mercedes and 0.670sec off Vet­tel’s pace, while team­mate Hamil­ton was fourth.

Vet­tel leads Hamil­ton by seven points af­ter win­ning two of three races this sea­son. The Bri­ton won in China.

Sochi’s street cir­cuit has favoured Mercedes since its de­but three years ago with the cham­pi­ons lead­ing ev­ery lap of ev­ery race there.

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