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2016-04-29 14:57

SHOWED GOOD PACE: Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton was the fastest driver during the second practice session for the Russian Grand Prix. Image: AFP / Alexander Nemenov

Sochi, Russia - World champion Lewis Hamilton bounced back to top the times ahead of Sebastian Vettel in Friday's second practice ahead of Sunday's (May 1) Russian Grand Prix.

The 31-year-old Briton, who is 36 points adrift of Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg in the standings after three races, was second-fastest behind him in the first session.

Vettel suffered electronic issues

But he rediscovered his mojo in the second session to clock a best lap in 1minute and 37.583 seconds, more than six-tenths of a second quicker than nearest rival Vettel, who suffered further reliability problems.

Rosberg was third in the second Mercedes, eight-tenths off Hamilton's pace, with Finn Kimi Raikkonen fourth in the second Ferrari.

Vettel was forced to stop on track with an electrical failure on his Ferrari after half an hour and spent much of the remainder of the session making notes and drawings in a luxurious notepad.

Australian Daniel Ricciardo was fifth for Red Bull, having 'tested' the team's latest cockpit safety device on his installation lap in the morning, with Finn Valtteri Bottas sixth for Williams.

Read: As it happened: 2nd Practice

Local hero Daniil Kvyat was seventh on his 'home' Sochi Autodrom circuit in the second Red Bull ahead of the two much improved McLaren Hondas of Jenson Button, who was eighth, and Fernando Alonso, who was 10th, the pair sandwiching Brazilian Felipe Massa of Williams in ninth spot.

2016 Russian GP 2nd Practice times:

1. Lewis Hamilton (ENG) Mercedes-AMG 1:37.583,
2. Sebastian Vettel (GER) Ferrari 1:38.235,
3. Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes-AMG 1:38.450,
4. Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Ferrari 1:38.793,
5. Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Red Bull 1:39.084,
6. Valtteri Bottas (FIN) Williams 1:39.185,
7. Daniil Kvyat (RUS) Red Bull 1:39.193,
8. Jenson Button (ENG) McLaren-Honda 1:39.196,
9. Felipe Massa (BRA) Williams 1:39.289,
10. Fernando Alonso (ESP) McLaren-Honda 1:39.400,
11. Carlos Sainz Jr (ESP) Toro Rosso 1:39.465,
12. Max Verstappen (NED) Toro Rosso 1:39.501,
13. Nico Hulkenberg (GER) Force India 1:39.795,
14. Sergio Perez (MEX) Force India 1:39.867,
15. Kevin Magnussen (DEN) Renault 1:40.193,
16. Romain Grosjean (FRA) Haas 1:40.260,
17. Esteban Gutierrez (MEX) Haas 1:40.508,
18. Jolyon Palmer (ENG) Renault 1:40.688,
19. Felipe Nasr (BRA) Sauber 1:40.740,
20. Rio Haryanto (INA) Manor 1:41.080,
21. Pascal Wehrlein (GER) Manor 1:41.148,
22. Marcus Ericsson (SWE) Sauber 1:41.652


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