Ferrari duo dominate in the second practice session as Hamilton resolves traction problems.
Ferrari have picked up pace since the tests in Bahrain, the results are clearly visible on Day 1 of the Russian GP. During the second stint, Vettel and Raikkonen put an amazing show battling for the ultimate position. Despite an engine hesitation, the German driver managed to grab P1 with 1m34.120s on the timing sheets on Ultrasoft boots.
Raikkonen was only twon tenths off Vettel pace while Mercedes lost it all from the second stint. Valteri Bottas proved to be the faster of two with 0.670s behind Vettel’s pace. Lewis Hamilton was not on his best performance as he struggled with the grip on the tyres and couldn’t improve beyond P4.
Max Verstappen suffered a power loss coming into the end of the session but managed to outpace teammate Ricciardo with P5.
Felipe Massa , Nico Hulkenberg, Kevin Magnussen, Sergio Perez and Esteban Ocon fought a long way to top the middle order. They were classified P6-P11 respectively.
Fernando Alonso looked a little optimistic with the MCL32 and managed to end the session at P12. Renault’s Jolyon Palmer joined him back in P13.
Romain Grosjean could only do P14 as he reported problems which led him to slip off track in the final sector. Carlos Sainz Jr. ended P15 as Vandoorne, who is due a 15 positions penalty completed the session P16 ahead of home boy Daniil Kvyat.
Lance Stroll was still on the learning side as he ended the session P19 in between the two Saubers of Pascal Wehrlein and Marcus Ericsson respectively.
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