Ferrari dominates Russian practice
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.