FASTEST AT RAIN-SOAKED SOCHI: Williams driver Felipe Massa was the fastest driver in second practice at the Russian GP in Sochi. Image: AFP/ Carl Court
Sochi, Russia - Williams driver Felipe Massa was fastest in the second practice session on Friday ahead of the 2015 Russian GP, as the Sochi race track was plagued by rain.
Only eight drivers posted times during the afternoon session. Massa was fastest followed by Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel (2min00.659) and Massa's team mate Valtteri Bottas (2min00.688) who managed to shunt his Williams around the damp track to grab the third fastest spot.
The first practice session was marred by a diesel spillage from a circuit cleaning vehicle which delayed and curtailed opening free practice session.
As it happened: 2015 Russian GP - 2nd Practice
Nico Hulkenberg topped the times for Force India in the first practice session.
Hulkenberg, who won the 2015 Le Mans 24 Hours, set a lap time of in 1min44.395 seconds left him 0.052 seconds clear of nearest rival and compatriot Nico Rosberg of Mercedes with another German, four-time champion Sebastian Vettel of Ferrari, in third place.
Second practice classification
1.Felipe Massa (Brazil) Williams Mercedes 2min00.458
2.Sebastian Vettel (Germany) Ferrari 2min00.659
3.Valtteri Bottas (Finland) Williams Mercedes 2min00.688
4.Max Verstappen (Netherlands) Toro Rosso 2min00.806
5.Fernando Alonso (Spain) McLaren 2min01.077
6.Daniil Kvyat (Russia) RedBull - Renault 2min01.418
7.Carlos Sainz Jr (Spain) Toro Rosso - Renault 2min02.805
8.Jenson Button (Britain) McLaren 2min02.845
9.Nico Rosberg (Germany) Mercedes
10.Marcus Ericsson (Sweden) Sauber - Ferrari
11.Lewis Hamilton (Britain) Mercedes
12.Sergio Perez (Mexico) Force India - Mercedes
13.Nico Huelkenberg (Germany) Force India - Mercedes
14.Daniel Ricciardo (Australia) RedBull - Renault
15.Kimi Raikkonen (Finland) Ferrari
16.Romain Grosjean (France) Lotus - Mercedes
17.Felipe Nasr (Brazil) Sauber Ferrari
18.Pastor Maldonado (Venezuela) Lotus Mercedes
19.Will Stevens (Britain) Marussia Ferrari
20.Roberto Merhi (Spain) Marussia Ferrari