P1: Bottas pips Hamilton and Verstappen in Sochi

P1: Bottas pips Hamilton and Verstappen in Sochi

Valtteri Bottas models tempo in Russian GP Practice One, ending two tenths prior to Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen; Charles Leclerc fourth operating upgraded Ferrari engine; Lando Norris clips wall and spins on scheme into pits at close of session; Witness Practice Two at 1pm on Sky Sports F1

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Valtteri Bottas made a flying commence to the Russian GP as he led residence a Mercedes one-two in Practice One, with championship leader Max Verstappen third.

Bottas, last one year’s bustle winner, posted a excellent time of 1: 34.427 on the soft tyres to construct simply over two tenths prior to Lewis Hamilton.

Verstappen had been operating over a second slower than Mercedes within the leading Purple Bull, but closed to 0.227s off Bottas’ excellent time on a unique bustle on softs within the closing 15 minutes and used to be simply 0.016s within the abet of title rival Hamilton.

The Dutchman is facing a 3-region grid penalty on Sunday after being found predominantly guilty for the demolish with Hamilton last time out in Italy which ended both their races.

But Sergio Perez may possibly well also excellent space up ninth region within the sister Purple Bull, over one-and-a-half seconds off the tempo of his team-mate.

A rather peculiar end to the session for Lando Norris on his way back to the pits!

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A rather irregular near the session for Lando Norris on his scheme abet to the pits!

A rather irregular near the session for Lando Norris on his scheme abet to the pits!

There used to be a irregular near the session for Lando Norris as he clipped the wall and spun on his scheme into the pit lane. The Briton, eighth fastest within the session and 9 tenths prior to McLaren team-mate Daniel Ricciardo, escaped with a honest a exiguous broken entrance soar.

“He used to be in neutral, or not it’s uncommon he used to be in neutral and when it re-engages that’s why kicks the rear spherical. It looks indulge in some execute of pressure-put collectively field,” talked about Sky F1’s Anthony Davidson on the SkyPad when analysing Norris’ disappear.

McLaren are investigating the field prior to Practice Two this afternoon at 1pm, dwell on Sky Sports F1.

Charles Leclerc, operating Ferrari’s upgraded engine in Sochi, executed the session in fourth, practically seven tenths off Bottas’ benchmark.

Leclerc will commence Sunday’s bustle from the abet of the grid as this is the fourth vitality unit he has former this season.

Sebastian Vettel used to be a promising fifth for Aston Martin, ending simply prior to Pierre Gasly’s AlphaTauri and Carlos Sainz within the second Ferrari, the trio covered by simply 0.030s.

Fernando Alonso rounded off the extinguish 10 within the lead Alpine automobile.

Russian GP Practice One Timesheet

Driver Team Time
1) Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1: 34.427
2) Lewis Hamilton Mercedes +0.211
3) Max Verstappen Purple Bull +0.227
4) Charles Leclerc Ferrari +0.690
5) Sebastian Vettel Aston Martin +1.354
6) Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri +1.367
7) Carlos Sainz Ferrari +1.384
8) Lando Norris McLaren +1.532
9) Sergio Perez Purple Bull +1.761
10) Fernando Alonso Alpine +1.798
11) Esteban Ocon Alpine +1.809
12) Lance Stroll Aston Martin +2.095
13) Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo +2.368
14) Daniel Ricciardo McLaren +2.450
15) Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo +2.525
16) Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri +3.367
17) George Russell Williams +3.586
18) Nicholas Latifi Williams +3.728
19) Nikita Mazepin Haas +4.159
20) Mick Schumacher Haas +4.550