Russian Grand Prix: Hamilton leads Mercedes one-two in practice

Mercedes headed the second Formula 1 practice session for this weekend's Russian Grand Prix, with Lewis Hamilton quicker than his team-mate Valtteri Bottas by two tenths of a second

Russian Grand Prix: Hamilton leads Mercedes one-two in practice

Their quickest laps, set on the hypersoft tyres, both came half an hour into the session during the team's qualifying simulation runs.

Red Bull duo Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo were next up on the Sochi timesheets, with the pair both 0.4s off the best time of Hamilton's and separated by just 0.017s.

Both Red Bull drivers will face grid penalties for engine changes this weekend.

Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel recorded the fifth fastest time, half a second up on his team-mate Kimi Raikkonen who was sixth.

With 20 minutes of the session remaining, Vettel had a small spin under braking for the tight Turn 13 right-hander, which was one of the few incidents in a largely uneventful session.

The Force Indias were seventh and ninth - Sergio Perez ahead of Esteban Ocon - while Pierre Gasly (Toro Rosso) and Marcus Ericsson (Sauber) rounded out the top 10.

Conditions on the Black Sea coastline were mild, but cloudier than this morning and despite Raikkonen reporting spots of rain early on it stayed dry throughout.

Kevin Magnussen set the 11th fastest time ahead of his Haas team-mate Romain Grosjean who was 15th on the day that both drivers were confirmed at the team for 2019.

Sauber's Charles Leclerc finished the session in 13th, splitting the two Renaults.

Slowest of the runners were the two McLarens, Fernando Alonso ahead of Stoffel Vandoorne and finally the two Williams, with Russia's Sergey Sirotkin, racing at his home circuit for the first time in F1, ahead of Lance Stroll.

FP2 times

Pos Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m33.385s - 35
2 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1m33.584s 0.199s 33
3 Max Verstappen Red Bull/Renault 1m33.827s 0.442s 32
4 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m33.844s 0.459s 37
5 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m33.928s 0.543s 33
6 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m34.388s 1.003s 31
7 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m35.122s 1.737s 30
8 Pierre Gasly Toro Rosso/Honda 1m35.137s 1.752s 28
9 Esteban Ocon Force India/Mercedes 1m35.147s 1.762s 33
10 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1m35.295s 1.910s 35
11 Kevin Magnussen Haas/Ferrari 1m35.331s 1.946s 33
12 Carlos Sainz Jr. Renault 1m35.341s 1.956s 37
13 Charles Leclerc Sauber/Ferrari 1m35.432s 2.047s 32
14 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1m35.568s 2.183s 35
15 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 1m35.911s 2.526s 35
16 Brendon Hartley Toro Rosso/Honda 1m36.024s 2.639s 29
17 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Renault 1m36.074s 2.689s 34
18 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren/Renault 1m36.617s 3.232s 31
19 Sergey Sirotkin Williams/Mercedes 1m36.861s 3.476s 39
20 Lance Stroll Williams/Mercedes 1m37.001s 3.616s 35

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