F1 Russian GP Live Updates - Friday practice


By: Jake Boxall-Legge


FP2 for the Russian GP gets underway at 13:00 BST (15:00 local time)
Bottas tops FP1 from Ricciardo and Verstappen
Bottas leads FP2 standings from Hamilton, with Ricciardo third
Status: Stopped
09:45 A familiar story on the track in FP2 but, for 2021, a new face at the head of F1 has been announced with the appointment of Stefano Domenicali, which made it an incredibly busy couple of hours. We'll be back tomorrow with live coverage of FP3 ahead of the Russian GP which starts at 10:00 BST (12:00 local time). Until then have a lovely Friday!
09:37 It looks a solid day for McLaren despite Sainz's FP1 prang, with the Spaniard P4 for the second session and team-mate Norris P5. Perez led the Racing Point charge in P6 ahead of Red Bull's Verstappen and Ferrari's Leclerc.
09:35 So, Bottas takes the headlines on Friday at Sochi ahead of team-mate Hamilton with Mercedes in control. Ricciardo, in third, was just over one second off Bottas - which is a lot over one lap.
09:32 Just enough time for Vettel to become the latest driver to lock up at Turn 13 but the Ferrari driver avoids any serious repercussions at the end of the session.
09:30 The chequered flag is out, that's it for FP2!
09:30 Into the closing minutes of FP2 as Hamilton pits having completed a soft tyre stint. He's wheeled back into the garage so that is his day done.
09:27 F1's graphics state the ‘current pace on track’ sees Bottas also on top on the long runs with an average of 1m38.5s on the hards with Verstappen closest to him with a 1m39.4s average on the mediums. It’s looking a very good Friday for the Finn.
09:25 Norris has switched between the old and new McLaren nose throughout the two sessions today so the team will have a feast of data and laps to assess overnight and decide whether to keep it for the rest of the weekend.
09:17 Mercedes might be rapid today but both Bottas and Hamilton are finding Turns 13 and 14 tricky. Bottas locks his right-front tyre under braking which pushes him briefly off the track.
09:15 "We need to be careful with the left-front at Turn 4, please," Ocon is told over his Renault team radio. The French driver is currently on the softs and the tyre in question looks like it wouldn't pass an MOT.
09:11 Switching back to FP2, Bottas has pitted after his cockpit issue and is now on the hard tyres for a stint. Mercedes is splitting strategy with Hamilton currently on the medium compound.
09:09 Non-FP2 news: F1 has confirmed Stefano Domenicali will take up the role of president and CEO from January 2021 with Chase Carey becoming non-executive chairman. Full story to follow.
09:06 "Something in the cockpit is sticking to my hand on the left side, some tape or something, but I don't know if it is important," Bottas reports over his Mercedes team radio.
09:03 Hamilton has locked up and gone off track again at Turn 13. It's proving an unhappy part of the circuit for the Mercedes driver today.
08:59 The F1 drivers are queuing up in an orderly fashion at the exit of the pits to complete practice starts ahead of the race stints. How very polite.
08:55 So it looks like Bottas will take top spot honours in FP2 assuming there are no further outright lap time improvements - and let's be honest unless it is by Hamilton the Finn has little to fear given the dominance by Mercedes today.
08:55 The frantic soft tyre action has largely concluded with most drivers either back in the garages or starting race runs.
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