FP2: Hamilton fastest, Mercedes pull clear from Ferrari

Published on 28 Sep 2018 15:30

Lewis Hamilton ended the second practice session on top of the timesheets as Mercedes streaked well clear of rivals Ferrari. Hamilton's fastest time read a 1:33.385, which was two-tenths of a second quicker than teammate Valtteri Bottas in P2.

Despite topping the opening session in Sochi on Friday morning, Ferrari only ended the session in fifth and sixth place. Sebastian Vettel's time was over half a second down on Hamilton's pace-setting lap, while Kimi Raikkonen was a further half a second off the pace.

The Red Bull duo slotted in between both Mercedes' and Ferraris. Max Verstappen headed his teammate Daniel Ricciardo, with very little to separate the two energy drink-backed drivers.

Sergio Perez ended the session as the 'best of the rest' driver, setting the seventh fastest time in the session. Pierre Gasly, who is running with Honda's upgraded engine this weekend, finished in eighth place behind Perez, with Esteban Ocon and Marcus Ericsson rounding out the top ten.

Haas failed to make it into the top ten as they attempt to catch up to Renault for fourth place in the championship. Kevin Magnussen ended the session in eleventh, ahead of Renault's Carlos Sainz, who will be leaving for McLaren next year.

The second Sauber of Charles Leclerc was thirteenth while Nico Hulkenberg trailed the Ferrari bound driver. Behind the German was Romain Grosjean, who was confirmed this morning to be racing with Haas alongside Kevin Magnussen for 2019.

Brendon Hartley was sixteenth, heading the McLaren duo of Fernando Alonso and Stoffel Vandoorne. Williams ended the session as slowest, with local favourite Sergey Sirotkin ahead of teammate Lance Stroll.

Action from Sochi resumes on Saturday at 12:00 local time with the final practice session before the weekend heats up with qualifying for Sunday's race at 15:00 local time.

28 September 2018 - Grand Prix of Russia - Free practice 2
  Driver Team Time Difference #
1. GB Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:33.385 35
2. FI Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:33.584 +0.199 33
3. NL Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing 1:33.827 +0.442 32
4. AU Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull Racing 1:33.844 +0.459 37
5. DE Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:33.928 +0.543 33
6. FI Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 1:34.388 +1.003 31
7. MX Sergio Perez Racing Point Force India 1:35.122 +1.737 30
8. FR Pierre Gasly Toro Rosso 1:35.137 +1.752 28
9. FR Esteban Ocon Racing Point Force India 1:35.147 +1.762 33
10. SE Marcus Ericsson Sauber 1:35.295 +1.910 35
11. DK Kevin Magnussen Haas F1 1:35.331 +1.946 33
12. ES Carlos Sainz jr Renault 1:35.341 +1.956 37
13. MC Charles Leclerc Sauber 1:35.432 +2.047 32
14. DE Nico Hülkenberg Renault 1:35.568 +2.183 35
15. FR Romain Grosjean Haas F1 1:35.911 +2.526 35
16. NZ Brendon Hartley Toro Rosso 1:36.024 +2.639 29
17. ES Fernando Alonso McLaren 1:36.074 +2.689 34
18. BE Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren 1:36.617 +3.232 34
19. RU Sergey Sirotkin Williams 1:36.861 +3.476 39
20. CA Lance Stroll Williams 1:37.001 +3.616 35
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Replies (2)
SE calle.itw 28 Sep 2018 17:280
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Good session for Gasly and Ericsson.
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Surprisingly good speed from Ericsson...

Probably because Giovinazzi drove his car in FP1 and Ferrari engineers helped the mechanics to tune the engine a bit better...

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