Ferrari tops Friday practice sessions

By on Friday, April 28, 2017

The fourth round of the 2017 FIA Formula One World Championship began with practice Friday at the Sochi Autodrom, as teams prepared for the Russian Grand Prix on Sunday. The fastest times in both FP1 and FP2 were set by Scuderia Ferrari drivers.

Leading the way in FP1 was Kimi Räikkönen, whose fast lap of 1:36.074 was .045 of a second better than the next quickest driver, Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas. Räikkönen’s quick lap was .737 of a second off the all-time fastest lap at the Sochi Autodrom – a 1:35.337 set by Nico Rosberg in his Mercedes during qualifying for last year’s Russian GP.

That record ultimately fell in FP2 as the grip level increased and the pace quickened, due in large part to teams switching to the Purple ultrasoft tire, the grippiest compound in Pirelli’s lineup.

First free practice results: 

1.  K. Raikkonen Ferrari 01:36.074    
2.  V. Bottas Mercedes 01:36.119    
3.  L. Hamilton Mercedes 01:36.681    
4.       M. Verstappen      Red Bull      01:37.174    
5.  S. Vettel Ferrari 01:37.230    
6.  D. Ricciardo Red Bull 01:37.290    
7.  S. Perez Force India      01:37.457    
8.  F. Massa Williams 01:37.900    
9.  L. Stroll Williams 01:37.944    
10.  E. Ocon Force India 01:38.065    
11.  D. Kvyat Toro Rosso 01:38.496    
12.  K. Magnussen Haas 01:38.747    
13.  F. Alonso McLaren 01:38.813    
14.  C. Sainz Jr. Toro Rosso 01:38.976    
15.  J. Palmer Renault 01:39.158    
16.  R. Grosjean Haas 01:39.533    
17.  S. Vandoorne McLaren 01:39.541    
18.  P. Wehrlein Sauber 01:39.731    
19.  M. Ericsson Sauber 01:40.079    
20.  S. Sirotkin Renault no time  

 

Ferrari remained quickest, with Räikkönen’s teammate, Sebastian Vettel, topping FP2 with a 1:34.120, which was .263 of a second faster than Räikkönen and 1.217 seconds faster than the previous track record set by Rosberg.

Second free practice results: 

1.  S. Vettel Ferrari 01:34.120    
2.  K. Raikkonen Ferrari 01:34.383    
3.  V. Bottas Mercedes 01:34.790    
4.  L. Hamilton Mercedes 01:34.829    
5.  M. Verstappen Red Bull 01:35.540    
6.  D. Ricciardo Red Bull 01:35.910    
7.  F. Massa Williams 01:36.261    
8.  N. Hulkenberg      Renault 01:36.329    
9.  K. Magnussen Haas 01:36.506    
10.  S. Perez Force India      01:36.600    
11.  E. Ocon Force India 01:36.654    
12.  F. Alonso McLaren 01:36.765    
13.  J. Palmer Renault 01:36.771    
14.  R. Grosjean Haas 01:37.039    
15.  C. Sainz Jr. Toro Rosso 01:37.083    
16.  S. Vandoorne McLaren 01:37.125    
17.  D. Kvyat Toro Rosso 01:37.300    
18.  P. Wehrlein Sauber 01:37.441    
19.  L. Stroll Williams 01:37.747    
20.  M. Ericsson Sauber 01:37.819  

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