Russian Grand Prix – Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel lead team-mate Kimi Raikkonen and the two Mercedes drivers in the second free practice session.
With qualifying simulations completed early on in the session, Vettel lowered the benchmark from the morning session to a 1:34.120 on the ultrasoft tyre, setting the fastest ever lap around the Sochi Autodrom.
He finished one-quarter of a second faster than Kimi Raikkonen, who was a further fourth tenths ahead of the Mercedes pairing of Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton, with the later having scruffy ‘flying’ laps.
The Red Bull’s of Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo appeared to be in their own category in fifth and sixth. There was a late stoppage for Verstappen owing to a sudden power loss.
Williams’ Felipe Massa was the ‘best of the rest’ in seventh with a time just over two seconds away from the best time. He finished ahead of Renault’s Nico Hulkenberg, Haas’ Kevin Magnussen and Force India’s Sergio Perez in a hotly-contested midfield battle.
Esteban Ocon finished eleventh ahead of the highest-placed McLaren of Fernando Alonso, who was two tenths away from top ten pace.
There were mid-session spins for Toro Rosso’s Daniil Kvyat and Haas’ Romain Grosjean, with the Frenchman seemingly still struggling with brake issues despite a change of supplier prior to this weekend.
To view the results of the session, click here.