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Full Race Weekend LIVE Converage Russian Grand Prix Sochi
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30 Apr 15:41 Congratulations, Valtteri Bottas!
30 Apr 15:40 Who's your driver of the day - Bottas or Vettel?
30 Apr 15:36 Congratulations, Bottas! Taking his first win in F1!
30 Apr 15:35 Bottas wins the Russian GP from Vettel, Raikkonen and Hamilton.
30 Apr 15:34 Bottas takes his first win in F1!
30 Apr 15:34 And that's that: Felipe Massa obscures Vettel's racing line and gifts the win to Bottas.
30 Apr 15:33 Final lap!
30 Apr 15:32 This is exciting stuff!!
30 Apr 15:32 Two laps remaining!
30 Apr 15:31 Vettel is in DRS detection!
30 Apr 15:30 Three laps remaining, and Vettel is chasing after Vettel!
30 Apr 15:27 Vettel seems to be stronger in sectors 1 and 2, but it's in the 3rd sector that Bottas makes up the time.
30 Apr 15:25 Hamilton driving in a very lonely 4th place.
30 Apr 15:22 7 laps remaining. Has Bottas done enough?
30 Apr 15:21 Bottas telling his team not to talk to him. He's focusing on keeping Vettel in 2nd place.
30 Apr 15:20 Bottas doing enough for the moment to keep Vettel at bay.
30 Apr 15:18 It's on! Gap between Bottas and Vettel: 1.3sec!
30 Apr 15:17 10 laps remaining. If Vettel can't get close enough Bottas will surely take the win.
30 Apr 15:16 Bottas and Vettel coming up to Lance Stroll in a Williams. They're about to lap him.
30 Apr 15:14 Gap between Bottas and Vettel: 1.9sec.
30 Apr 15:13 Ferrari telling their lead driver that Bottas is struggling with his tyres.
30 Apr 15:12 The gap between Bottas and Vettel now only 3sec.
30 Apr 15:12 Vettel eats into Bottas' lead. It now sits at 3.2sec.
30 Apr 15:11 Bottas maintaining his gap to Vettel. It remains at 4.5sec.
30 Apr 15:10 Nico Hulkenberg locking up, but he's back on again.
30 Apr 15:09 Vettel's tyres are 7 laps fresher than Bottas'. He can chase him down and give fans a real fight.
30 Apr 15:08 Vettel clears the backmarkers and sets off chasing after Bottas.
30 Apr 15:06 Vettel rejoins the race 4.6sec behind Bottas. And on much fresher tyres. We're in for a humdinger of a finisher!
30 Apr 15:05 Vettel pits. 
30 Apr 15:04 Vettel is increasing the pace. What is happening at Ferrari?
30 Apr 15:01 Did Ferrari throw the win away by keeping Vettel out for too long?
30 Apr 14:58 Hamilton pits. Bottas moves into second place.
30 Apr 14:57 Ferrari pits Raikkonen first. Interesting...
30 Apr 14:54 Bottas rejoins in fourth place behind his team mate Hamilton.
30 Apr 14:54 Bottas enters the pits. How will Ferrari react?
30 Apr 14:53 Ferrari and Vettel are coming into the race again. Is the final battle going to be between Bottas and Vettel?
30 Apr 14:52 Vettel cutting into Bottas' lead. It's now 2.5sec.
30 Apr 14:50 How will Ferrari react to Mercedes' pace? Can Vettel do something to push Bottas into a mistake?
30 Apr 14:43 Verstappen tells his team that a blister on one of his tyres are opening up. That will surely unsettle his car a bit.
30 Apr 14:41 Where did Bottas' sudden pace come from? He is really putting himself in the title picture with this drive.
30 Apr 14:39 Vettel complaining about blisters on his left front tyre.
30 Apr 14:38 And Bottas' gap over Vettel is 5sec. Uhm, jaaa... Provided nothing bad happens, Bottas will win this race.
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Finish He may have finished second but Vettel has extended his World Championship lead to 13 points. Mercedes, though, have re-taken top spot in the Constructors' Championship.
Finish Verstappen finishes fifth with Perez, Ocon, Hulkenberg, Massa and Sainz collecting the rest of the points.
Finish Vettel settles for second and Raikkonen completes the podium. Hamilton was cut well adrift in fourth place.
Finish BOTTAS WINS THE RUSSIAN GRAND PRIX! That's his first-ever win of his F1 career and had to work very, very hard to claim it.
Lap 52 We're on the final lap and Bottas manages to clear Massa a lot more cleanly than Vettel does. The gap extends to 1.3 seconds and the Finn looks to have done just enough!
Lap 51 Vettel gets DRS again down the long, sweeping run to Turn Two and gets to within seven tenths of Bottas.
Lap 51 Two laps remaining, can Bottas hang on?!
Lap 49 Vettel has the DRS open for a brief moment but Bottas scratches and claws his way out of the activation zone.
Lap 48 Vettel is flying through the middle sector and sets the fastest lap of the race. He is 1.2 seconds away from Bottas.
Lap 47 And Vettel suddenly finds four tenths on Bottas is three tenths away from being able to activate the DRS. This is a tight and tense finish!
Lap 46 Vettel could do with some more traffic to play with but it appears unlikely that he and Bottas will catch Massa in P9 before the chequered flag waves.
Lap 45 Bottas finds another half second on Vettel. He is dealing with the pressure very well at the moment.
Lap 44 "I want less talking," says Bottas over the team radio. He is totally in the zone now as he tries to see out the last eight laps.
Lap 43 Bottas finds a little extra and the gap is back out to 1.5 seconds. He appears to be settling down after his mistake at Turn 13.
Lap 42 Vettel is getting to within one second of Bottas. This is going to feel like a very long 10 laps for the Finn.
Lap 40 Nico Hulkenberg is the last driver to make his pit stop. He made the ultrasofts last 39 laps! He returns to the track in P9.
Lap 40 Vettel is told about Bottas' mistake and that gives him the extra motivation to push. The gap has tumbled to 1.9 seconds with 12 laps remaining.
Lap 39 Bottas' lead to Vettel is down to three seconds and the Finn has suffered a huge lock-up of his front left tyre. That will not help matters at all.
Lap 38 Hamilton has been well and truly cut adrift of the podium places. He is 14 seconds behind Raikkonen in P3.
Lap 36 So Vettel begins his quest to chase down Bottas on tyres which are seven laps fresher than what the Finn is working with. The gap is 4.6 seconds.
Lap 35 And finally Vettel comes in...but where will he come back out? Bottas re-takes the lead and Vettel is able to get ahead of Raikkonen, who was closing all the time prior to the pit stop.
Lap 34 A bit of misinformation from the Ferrari garage. One second Vettel is told to box and the next he is told to stay out.
Lap 32 "We're staying out, pace is good," Vettel is told on team radio. He is currently matching Bottas' times who has switched to fresher tyres.
Lap 31 Now Hamilton makes his way into the pits for some supersofts. Now he returns to P4 and all eyes move to our current race leader Vettel. When will he come in?
Lap 30 And Vettel is still staying out...but team-mate Raikkonen is in for a fresh set of boots. He returns out on track to P4.
Lap 28 And race leader Bottas comes into the pits. He returns in P4 and Vettel is told to "push, push, push" as he now attempts the over-cut.
Lap 27 A surprising call by Ferrari, who have been so aggressive with race strategies so far this season, to not attempt an undercut on Bottas with Vettel as the Finn wrestles with the traffic.
Lap 25 Bottas is stuck in the traffic a lot longer than he would have liked. The gap to Vettel has trickled down to 3.5 seconds.
Lap 24 As Hamilton makes a mistake in the final sector, race leader Bottas is about to latch onto the back of Kvyat and Magnussen in P13 and P14 respectively.
Lap 23 Unfortunately there is very little in the way of track action. The field is well and truly strung out.
Lap 22 Pascal Wehrlein, the backmarker of the race, is the first driver to make what should be his one and only pit stop. Massa, in P7, soon follows.
Lap 21 Verstappen has a blister on his front left tyre but he appears to be managing the issue for now.
Lap 20 There's just no stopping Bottas! He's now 5.5s ahead of Vettel and on his latest lap was half a second quicker than the World Championship leader.
Lap 19 And not to be completely forgotten about, Hamilton sets the new fastest lap and has Raikkonen back in his sights again.
Lap 18 And Bottas responds immediately with a new fastest time. The Finn is having everything his own way thus far in Sochi,
Lap 17 Signs of life from Vettel. He sets a new fastest lap of the race.
Lap 15 "Why is my car overheating, guys?" Hamilton asks over the team radio. All of a sudden he finds himself four seconds behind Raikkonen in third.
Lap 14 Vettel cannot make any impression on the race leader at the moment. Bottas has in fact stretched his lead to four seconds.
Lap 12 A quick glance at the top ten 1) Bottas 2) Vettel 3) Raikkonen 4) Hamilton 5) Verstappen 6) Massa 7) Perez 8) Ocon 9) Hulkenberg 10) Magnussen.
Lap 11 Hamilton, in P4, is starting to reel Raikkonen in despite the Brit still losing time in the final sector, which he has done all weekend. He is 1.8s behind.
Lap 10 The gap out in front between Bottas and Vettel is now 3.2 seconds.
Lap 8 There are five-second timed penalties for Kevin Magnussen and Stoffel Vandoorne for exceeding track limits at Turn 2.
Lap 7 Bottas stretches his lead to 2.1 seconds. He is absolutely flying! A stark contrast to Hamilton in P4, who is reporting cut outs in power.
Lap 6 The first-lap incident between Grosjean and Palmer will be investigated after the race.
Lap 5 And now Ricciardo's race is over! His right rear brake has been overworked and is on fire. He crawls back into the pits and that is his second retirement of the season.
Lap 4 The field is already getting pretty strung out. Hamilton is really struggling in the final sector and Raikkonen, in P3, is a dot in the distance for the Brit at this early stage.
Lap 4 Bottas once again gets off to a great start and soon opens up a +1.2s gap to Vettel, who looks like he was caught napping by the Finn.
Lap 3 The safety car is in at the end of this lap.
Lap 2 Max Verstappen also got off to a great start, rising from P7 to P5.
Lap 1 Lance Stroll also spins out after being pushed out onto the kerb. There's no lasting damage though as he tries to complete his first race of the season.
Lap 1 Jolyon Palmer and Romain Grosjean have collided at Turn Two and are both out of the race. We're down to 17 drivers already.
Lap 1 It's carnage out on track! We have a safety car!
Lap 1 Go! Go! Go! And Valtteri Bottas has pinched the lead heading into Turn Two. What a start from the Finn! He leads Vettel, Raikkonen and Hamilton.
15:03 And Alonso has ditched the car on the entry of the pit lane and walked away from the doomed MCL32. As a result, there will be another formation lap.
15:01 Already an issue for Fernando Alonso and McLaren. He is reporting "no charge" with his KERS system.
15:00 The formation lap is underway...
14:50 It could be a bit touch and go for Verstappen today... "The water is still leaking, but they closed it up so we'll see what happens. For the moment it was ok but you never know in the race, we'll just go into the race and see what happens."
14:48 The national anthem is done and dusted. Not long to wait now!
14:36 It's another wonderful day in Sochi. The sun is shining with track temperatures around 40 degrees. A simple one-stop strategy appears to be on the cards, but an early Safety Car could really mix things up.
14:32 It appears the Red Bull mechanics have got to the bottom of the problems with Verstappen's car. He heads out to line up on the grid.
14:30 The pit lane is now open and the drivers are practicing their starts off the line.
14:25 Ahead of qualifying yesterday, Niki Lauda confirmed that team orders are now in effect at Mercedes as they try everything they can to counter the threat posed by Ferrari. Will they be used today?
14:20 There are just a couple of changes to the qualifying grid for today's race: Carlos Sainz will start P14 after a three-place penalty for causing a collision in Bahrain. Stoffel Vandoorne is at the very back of the grid after being slapped with a 15-place penalty for exceeding his engine limit.
14:17 Horner: "It had a new water pump on it, that had a leak, another water pump went on and that's had an issue as well, hopefully they've managed to fix it."
14:15 Christian Horner: "Unfortunately we had to take the engine out last night, there was a new engine for this event so Max has gone back onto his old engine, that's done his first 3 GPs."
14:12 The Red Bulls were separated by Felipe Massa in P6, but Max Verstappen is facing a race against time with mechanics scrambling to fix a reoccurring water leak problem. The Dutchman has also reverted to an old engine.
14:06 Sebastian Vettel clinched his first pole position since Singapore in 2015, but team-mate Kimi Raikkonen was just +0.059s behind and Mercedes' Valtteri Bottas, starting P3, was also less than a tenth of a second. Lewis Hamilton will be hoping for a better day after qualifying down in P4.
14:00 Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the Russian Grand Prix where Ferrari are hoping to convert a 1-2 in qualifying - their first since 2008 - into their third win of the 2017 season. The lights will go out in one hour.
16:05 Thanks for joining our live coverage. Join us again for the race tomorrow! It promises to be a cracker with Mercedes having it all to do to stop the resurgent Ferrari.
16:04 So Ferrari have locked down the front row for the first time since France in 2008! Mercedes fill out the second row and Massa ended up splitting the Red Bulls in P6. Hulkenberg, Perez and Ocon close out the top 10.
16:02 What can Mercedes do? Nothing! Bottas and Hamilton lose time in the final sector and are +0.095 and +0.573 off the pace respectively down in P3 and P4.
16:00 Raikkonen cannot improve, but Vettel is flying through the middle sector and takes provisional pole!
15:59 The chequered flag is about to wave, everyone is cramming one final lap in.
15:58 Vettel was preparing for a flying lap but a Red Bull gets in the way a little down at Turn Two. He backs off and will have to go again one last time.
15:57 Further down the field, Ricciardo has improved to P5 and nips ahead of his team-mate Verstappen in P6.
15:56 Vettel and Bottas are the first to re-emerge from the garage.
15:54 So Mercedes have turned the wick up and still can't topple Ferrari. They are back in the pits preparing for a final run. Raikkonen's 1:33.253 is the time to beat with four minutes of the session remaining.
15:53 Bottas is very quick but is three hundreths of a second slower than Raikkonen. Hamilton, though, is 1.2s off the pace in P4 as he continues to wrestle with the balance of his car.
15:52 Kimi Raikkonen claims provisional pole with a 1:33.253 and Vettel slots into P2 one tenth behind. Bottas and Hamilton are on their flying laps...
15:50 Hulkenberg is causing Hamilton a few problems as they jockey for position on their out laps. The yellow and black Renault finally gets his way as Hamilton backs off a little. Bottas also decides to let him go.
15:47 Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton are queuing up at the end of the pit lane for the start of Q3. No messing around from the Silver Arrows.
15:45 Here we are for Q3. Joining both drivers of Mercedes, Ferrari, Red Bull and Force India is Felipe Massa and Nico Hulkenberg.
15:42 Out in Q2: Sainz, Stroll, Kvyat, Magnussen and Alonso. Q3 is almost upon us...
15:40 Sainz improves on his best time but it is not enough to get him into Q3. Stroll cannot find anything extra and is also eliminated. Meanwhile, both Force India cars are in the top 10.
15:38 Perez has only got time to go for one timed lap to try and get into the top 10 shoot-out. He loses a lot of time in the final sector and does just enough to get out of the danger zone...for now.
15:37 Both Ferrari drivers have come back out again on another set of ultrasofts.
15:35 Red Bull have no answers to Ferrari and Mercedes. Both Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo are two seconds off the pace in P5 and P8 respectively.
15:34 Sergio Perez is the only driver yet to set a time. He ran wide and gave up on his lap as a result. He is in the elimination zone alongside Alonso, Magnussen, Sainz and Kvyat.
15:32 Bottas goes seven tenths quicker than his fellow Finn to shoot all the way up to P1. A very impressive 1:33.264. Hamilton is fourth tenths slower in P2 and Vettel is three tenths further back.
15:30 10 minutes of FP2 left and all 15 remaining drivers are out on track. Raikkonen goes quickest on the ultras with a 1:34.053.
15:28 Massa is six tenths quicker than his team-mate Stroll as the first timed laps go up on the board.
15:25 Jolyon Palmer's Renault is being recovered at the side of the track. His mechanics are in for a long night of repairs barely an hour after completing changing his power unit.
15:24 The pit lane is open again for Q2. Lance Stroll and Felipe Massa are the drivers to blink first.
15:22 Out in Q1: Palmer, Vandoorne, Wehrlein, Ericsson and Grosjean.
15:20 Wehrlein also spins out in the final sector. With double yellow flags in place inside the final 30 seconds of Q1, a lot of lap times have just been ruined.
15:19 Yellow flags! And it's Palmer who has crashed! He goes flying over the kerb at Turn 4 and is thrown into the wall.
15:18 Alonso jumps up to P13 after a improved final sector.
15:15 Wehrlein and Ericsson both improve on their initial efforts but it is still not enough to see them into Q2 at the moment.
15:14 Five minutes of Q1 remaining: Alonso, Vandoorne, Wehrlein, Grosjean and Ericsson are currently in the danger zone.
15:13 The Mercedes duo are slipping and sliding over the place. Bottas runs wide at the final corner but still shaves a tenth off his best time in P1. Hamilton improves, yet is three tenths behind the Finn.
15:11 Felipe Massa is the last driver to emerge from the garage and shoots up to P6 with his first effort.
15:09 Kimi Raikkonen, also on the supersofts, is two tenths slower than his team-mate in P3.
15:06 Hamilton and Bottas are on the ultras, but Vettel is on the supersofts to begin with. It's Bottas who rises to P1 with a 1:34.177 and Vettel slots into P2 nine tenths off the pace. Hamilton made a mess of his flying lap and has to abort.
15:05 Fernando Alonso goes third fastest in the dreaded MCL32, four tenths off the pace.
15:03 A quick flurry of times posted by the early runners. And it is Sainz who has the fastest time thus far on the ultrasofts: a 1:36.575. The two Mercedes drivers and Vettel have just completed their out laps.
15:00 And we're off. Carlos Sainz is one of the first to emerge from the pits. A reminder that a three-place grid penalty will come into effect for him after his incident with Lance Stroll at the Bahrain Grand Prix. Stoffel Vandoorne is facing a 15-place grid penalty after already surpassing his engine limit for the season.
14:57 We're almost set. Three minutes until Q1. We will see five drivers drop out after the first 18-minute session.
14:53 The conditions in Sochi remain pretty much perfect. The air temperature is 21 degrees, with the track temp currently at 40 degrees.
14:50 Meanwhile, at Renault, there is the sound of a revving engine on Jolyon Palmer's side of the garage. The mechanics look to have managed to change to a new power unit in time for the start of Q1.
14:47 A quick stat for you: Ferrari, and Sebastian Vettel, have not been on pole position since Singapore in 2015.
14:43 Then there was a 1.5s gap to Red Bull, who could be in for quite a scrap with the likes of Williams to finish behind the leading duo of Ferrari and Mercedes.
14:40 In case you missed FP3 a little earlier, Sebastian Vettel set the pace with a 1:35.001 with team-mate Kimi Raikkonen and Valtteri Bottas three tenths behind the German. Lewis Hamilton was half a second adrift in fourth.
14:35 Mercedes, though, are clearly concerned by just how competitive Ferrari are this season. After FP3, Niki Lauda confirmed that the Silver Arrows are now going to use team orders to try and combat the threat. That is paying a huge compliment to the Scuderia just four races in.
14:30 Hello and welcome to the qualifying session for the Russian Grand Prix. It's been all Ferrari thus far in practice, but history dictates that Mercedes always seem to find something extra when there is a pole position up for grabs. But will it be enough to bridge the gap this time? Q1 gets underway in 30 minutes.
13:01 That's it for now. Join us in two hours for qualifying for the Russian GP where the sandbagging question will be definitively answered. Cheers.
13:00 The chequered flag is out on FP3, which concludes with a Ferrari 1-2 with Vettel ahead of Raikkonen. Bottas is third.
12:58 Ferrari are topping the speed trap with Raikkonen on 326, which Magnussen - 325.1 - second.
12:55 Sainz has moved up to eighth place ahead of Magnussen and Stroll.
12:54 A minor glitch for Ricciardo who stopped on the side of the track at the exit of Turn 4. But whatever was wrong he has the car going again.
12:53 On McLaren watch, Fernando Alonso is P13and Vandoorne 19th. The only driver slower is Palmer and he doesn't have a lap time to his name.
12:50 Hamilton has also reduced the gap to Ferrari but he's still half a second off the pace.
12:48 Bottas has closed up on the Ferraris, 0.363s slower than Vettel, and Renault have confirmed that Palmer's RS17 requires a new engine.
12:46 With the tyres holding up, Vettel, Raikkonen and Bottas are all going purple in the different sectors. Great battle between Ferrari and Mercedes.
12:45 Bad news for Palmer as reports suggest his Renault requires a new engine.
12:42 And now it is Vettel who is quickest, a 1:34.001 for the German, who was up in the first and third sectors.
12:41 Hamilton responds with an even faster middle sector but a slight mistake leaves him P2, 0.147s down. Raikkonen is on a hot lap as well and he goes quickest in the first sector, and the middle... it is a 1:34.338 and a new P1.
12:40 This time it is Bottas who hits the front as he goes fastest in the final two sectors. It is a 1:34681 for the Finn.
12:38 New ultras for Hamilton and Bottas as they leave the Mercedes garage one after the other.
12:35 His team-mate Hulkenberg is up to 11th place on the supersoft tyres, 2.5s off the pace. The top seven - from Hamilton to Stroll - have all set their times on the ultras.
12:32 Palmer leaves the pits only to complain about the power to his car and he's back in the pits. Four laps, no time, and few signs that he'll be out again this session.
12:28 Problems for Palmer as he is back in the pits with an engine issue. He has yet to set a time this session.
12:25 Vettel is second, 0.105s down, and Bottas is third, a further 0.142s back.
12:24 Hamilton hits the front with a 1:34.828. He went purple in the second and third sectors, and he did so on the sixth lap on that set of ultras.
12:19 Vettel's on a hot hot lap and clocks a 1:34.933 to beat Raikkonen's best by seven-tenths. Bottas goes third but here comes Hamilton...a 1:35.7 for the Brit which puts him P4.
12:16 A spin for Kvyat at Turn 15, looks like he just lost the rear of his STF12.
12:15 With more drivers laying down laps, the timesheets continue to change and this time it is Raikkonen who slots in P1. He does a 1:35.610 on the ultras.
12:13 Verstappen takes over at the top, also on the ultras. He is 0.052s quicker than his Red Bull team-mate.
12:12 P1 for Ricciardo, who is out on the ultrasoft tyres. He does a 1:37.547.
12:11 Renault broke curfew at the Sochi Autodrom on Friday night as they needed to replace the tub in Jolyon Palmer's RS17. according to reports, Palmer's Renault suffered an exhaust failure in practice which effectively melted bits of the car. As such, largely as a precautionary measure, Renault opted to change the survival cell in his car.
12:09 Perez hits the front of the timesheets with a 1:38.3 ahead of Ocon.
12:06 A mistake from Grosjean as he runs wide at the final corner, pretty much a repeat of yesterday's offs.
12:04 Hamilton heads out on the soft tyres with Esteban Ocon and Sergio Perez right behind him, using the supersofts. And here comes Russian racer Daniil Kvyat much to the delight of the fans in the grandstands.
12:03 Most of the drivers are out on a set of the softs except McLaren, who have gone with the supersofts. F1's teens are out and about as Max Verstappen and Lance Stroll leave the pits.
12:01 One by one the drivers head out with Vandoorne and his new engine, well new as of the start of FP2, taking to the track ahead of Grosjean, Jolyon Palmer, Kimi Raikkonen, Valtteri Bottas, Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa. Marcus Ericsson is getting strapped in so he should be out soon.
12:00 The pit lane light turns to green and FP3 is underway with Kevin Magnussen and Daniel Ricciardo immediately out.
11:59 One minute to the start...
11:51 Tyre choice for this weekend are the Pirelli's soft, supersofts and ultrasofts. The latter will be the tyre on which the drivers should set their fastest times with Vettel's 1:34.120 from Friday over a second quicker than Nico Rosberg's previous outright record set in Q2 last year.
11:46 The air temperature is 19'C and the track is 33'C, blue skies overhead and no chance of rain.
11:43 Other news overnight is that Haas have decided to revert to the Brembo brakes for the remainder of the weekend after running Carbone Industrie in practice. The new brakes did little to help Romain Grosjean with his issues thus Haas have gone back to what they know.
11:37 Lewis Hamilton, though has denied that Mercedes - seven-tenths slower than Ferrari on Friday - were sandbagging. “We never sandbag,” he told reporters at the circuit. “There’s no benefit to sandbagging, ever. I think Ferrari has done in the past but there is zero benefit for us to do so. We’re trying to get the car to the optimum balance-wise and today’s generally been a tricky day. I don’t know why he would suggest that, it’s just Sebastian trying to blow smoke our way. Really, those guys are just very quick.”
11:34 Although Ferrari were quickest in both Friday sessions, FP2 pace-setter Sebastian Vettel says he expects Mercedes to come to the fore today. “I think they will be fine; it’s a circuit that suits them, so they will be strong tomorrow,” he said on Friday evening. “I don’t want to make this personal but I think last year people expected Williams to be the fastest after Friday if I remember right, and obviously it turned out Mercedes were the fastest. That’s how sometimes you can be misled.”
11:30 Welcome back to the Sochi Autodrom for final practice for the Russian Grand Prix. It is shaping up to be an intense session amidst accusations - and denials - of sandbagging.
16:32 That's it for now. Join us on Saturday for final practice and qualifying for the Russian GP. Cheers.
16:30 The chequered flag is out at the Sochi Autodrom with FP2 concluding with a Ferrari 1-2. Vettel is quickest on a 1:34.120. Mercedes are third and fourth with Bottas ahead of Hamilton with Verstappen and Ricciardo next in line.
16:29 Almost done for the day at the Sochi circuit with Ferrari holding down the 1-2 with Vettel ahead of Raikkonen.
16:24 Stroll is leading the speed trap times on 326.3 with Hamilton second, 325.6. Vettel is only fourth, 324.8.
16:21 Vandoorne has moved up to P16 on the ultras with Kvyat, Wehrlein, Stroll and Ericsson behind him on the timesheets. Remember the McLaren driver has a 15-place grid penalty for an engine change.
16:18 More brake problems for Grosjean, who complains that he has none, and he heads into the pits only to get a different set of tyres and head back out.
16:15 Bottas starts his 22nd lap on the ultras as Hamilton swaps his used ultras for used softs amidst flumes of brake smoke.
16:12 Verstappen stopped at the entrance to the pit lane but his car has been moved to a safe zone.
16:11 "I've lost power, lost power" reports Verstappen as his RB13 stops on the side of the track.
16:09 An off for Grosjean at the final corner as the Frenchman continues to struggle. He spun and went off backwards.
16:07 As the drivers lay down the laps, Vettel is looking good on race pace as too is Raikkonen. They are in the low 1:38s.
16:06 The most laps on the ultras are Bottas, Hulkenberg and Ocon who are all onto lap 16 on the purple tyres.
16:05 Ferrari are mixing up their strategy with Vettel on his 14th lap on the ultras and Raikkonen on his 11th on the supersofts. He slapped on the set that he used earlier this session.
16:02 Vandoorne is up to 12 laps and back in the pits. Only Verstappen and Ricciardo have done as few laps as the Belgian racer.
16:01 Slowest of all at the moment is Ericsson in the Sauber. His team-mate Wehrlein, despite having less time in the car this season, is P17.
15:56 With just over 30 minutes of play remaining today it looks as if Ferrari have the advantage with the 1-2 ahead of Mercedes and Red Bull RAcing. Massa is best of the rest in the Williams.
15:54 Only Stroll and Vandoorne have yet to set times on the ultrasoft tyres, both drivers still holding their best times on the supersofts.
15:51 Over at McLaren, or should we say down at McLaren, Alonso is P12 while Vandoorne is 19th. They have 22 laps between them.
15:47 Another lap and another off for Hamilton. He is having a bit of a ragged afternoon on the ultrasoft tyres.
15:45 A rundown of the top ten: Vettel, Raikkonen, Bottas, Hamilton, Ricciardo, Verstappen, Massa, Hulkenberg, Perez and Ocon.
15:44 Close call! Hamilton has a near miss with a Sauber as he tries to go around the C36 and instead almost wacks it.
15:43 An off for Verstappen as he runs wide on his first ultrasoft lap.
15:40 Bottas is told that "main thing is getting the surface temps up" on his tyres but not "oversliding them."
15:38 Flirting with the track limits Hamilton again backs off.
15:37 An off at Turn 4 forces Hamilton to slow right down. He reports that the tyres are "ready from lap 1".
15:34 Bottas leaves the pits on a set of ultras and goes third fastest behind the Ferraris. Hamilton is also out on track.
15:33 Lap number 5 on the ultras for Vettel and he goes quickest on a 1:34.120, which beats the outright track record.
15:30 A slow first lap for Vettel so he backs off and goes again. P2 for the German, 0.097s down on Raikkonen while upped his pace to a 1:34.383 on his third lap.
15:27 "Engine hesitation" is Vettel's report as he starts a flying lap on the ultras.
15:26 And with that Raikkonen heads out on a set of purple-marked ultras. It is a P1 for the Ferrari driver with a 1:34.721. That put him a second up on Hamilton's best.
15:22 All the drivers excluding Sainz have been using the supersoft tyres. The Toro Rosso driver is on the softs with the ultras yet to be used by anyone.
15:20 Good news for McLaren as Vandoorne's engine is fired up and he is ready to roll. And out he goes.
15:17 Ricciardo goes fifth, 1.2s down on Hamilton, while Verstappen is seventh, 1.4s off the pace.
15:16 We are also still waiting for times from Wehrlein, Ericsson, Magnussen and Vandoorne. And with that Wehrlein heads out onto the track.
15:15 Massa goes fifth quickest ahead of Perez as it once again looks as if Williams and Force India will be vying for the best of the rest spot. Red Bull's Verstappen and Ricciardo have taken to the circuit.
15:12 It is a 1:35.752 for the Brit and that puts him P1. Bottas goes third, splitting the two Ferraris.
15:11 Hamilton heads out on a set of supersoft tyres as he starts his afternoon work.
15:10 Purples for Raikoknen and he goes quickest with a 1:35.980. Kvyat brings out the yellows at Turn 13 as he gets it rather wrong and spins.
15:09 Grosjean is not a happy chappy. He "completely lost it into Turn 4" and asks "what the hell is going on."
15:06 1-2 for Ferrari as Vettel goes quickest with a 1:36.5 and Raikkonen slots in behind his team-mate, 0.3s adrift. "Dreadful with the front end" is Raikkonen's verdict.
15:04 A 1:42.3 for Hulkenberg to get the timesheets rolling.
15:03 "Soft brake pedal" for Grosjean and a radio that is "still not great." Remember Haas have changed brake suppliers this weekend.
15:02 "Brake pedal is quite long," reports Magnussen. He is asked if it is driveable and responds by saying it is "not great" but that he can continue. He's back in the pits after just one lap.
15:01 Practice starts at the end of the pit lane as Kevin Magnussen and Nico Hulkenberg take to the Russian track. Raikkonen and Romain Grosjean are the next out.
15:00 Lights, camera and action as the clock begins to count down on FP2 at the Sochi Autodrom.
14:59 FP2 looks as if it will get underway without Vandoorne as McLaren and Honda are still completing the engine change for his MCL32.
14:56 The sun is still shining, air temperature is 21'C and the track is up to 39'C.
14:53 There were problems for Stoffel Vandoorne, who complained of "no power" in the closing stages of FP1. Honda have opted to change his engine meaning the Belgian racer is faicng a 15-place grid penalty as he is onto his fifth turbocharge and fifth MGU-H.
14:47 Best of the rest was Sergio Perez in the Force India with the Mexican racer finishing FP1 ahead of Felipe Massa, Lance Stroll and Esteban Ocon. The four drivers were separated by 0.6s.
14:39 Lewis Hamilton was next in line, 0.607s off the pace, as he finished FP1 ahead of Max Verstappen (+1.100) and championship leader Sebastian Vettel (+1.156).
14:35 Friday's first practice belonged to the two drivers who probably most need a good race weekend; Kimi Raikkonen and Valtteri Bottas. Both are edging towards number 2 status within their respective teams but came to the fore earlier today. Raikkonen was quickest on a 1:36.074, which put him 0.045s up on fellow Finn.
14:30 Welcome back to the Sochi circuit for the second of Friday's two 90-minute practice sessions.
12:32 There's no improvement either from Bottas or Vettel, so the top three after FP1 reads 1) Raikkonen 2) Bottas 3) Hamilton. Join us again in two hours and 30 minutes' time for the start of FP2.
12:30 And there's the chequered flag....Hamilton makes another mistake at Turn Two to end all hope of knocking off Raikkonen at the top of the standings.
12:26 Verstappen improves on his time slightly in P4 as the drivers try and squeeze a couple more laps in.
12:25 Five minutes left of FP1.
12:24 Looks like the commentator's curse has struck McLaren... "No power," says Vandoorne over the team radio and coughs and splutters his way back to the garage.
12:21 And another heavy lock-up for Hamilton, this time down at Turn 13. He takes full advantage of the run-off area and soon rejoins the action.
12:20 10 minutes of the session remaining, with Raikkonen still the man out in front.
12:17 There's double yellows for a very brief period as Vettel goes for quite a big spin at the exit of Turn 17. He is very, very lucky to avoid the wall!
12:13 We've not heard much from McLaren-Honda so far in this session, which is a seriously good thing considering their ongoing troubles. Fernando Alonso and Stoffel Vandoorne are down in P15 and P16 respectively.
12:12 We're back underway. Vettel look poised to challenge Raikkonen's P1 time but he gets a little out of shape at the tricky Turn 13.
12:07 Session will restart in two minutes.
12:05 We have a red flag, but it won't be for very long. An engine cover has made a bid for freedom from Esteban Ocon's Force India and has settled in a rather dangerous position out on track. The stewards will be out to retrieve it once the circuit is clear.
12:00 It's all of a sudden very busy out on track and Raikkonen goes fastest for the first time today. He is four hundreths of a second quicker than Bottas, who slips down to P2.
11:54 Oh, look! A Formula One car. Not seen one of those for a while. Kevin Magnussen is the first to re-emerge from the garage.
11:52 Must. Not. Fall. Asleep.
11:49 Don't worry, you're not missing anything. There is still not a single car back out on track.
11:39 A brief lull in the action, with all drivers now back in the pits.
11:37 Hamilton's uncomfortable start continues as he too, like Ricciardo, gets it all wrong heading into Turn Two and gets a big bump over the kerb for his troubles.
11:35 Bottas looked primed to break into the 1:35 barrier but runs very wide at Turn 14 due to the distinct lack of grip on track.
11:33 We are into the final hour of FP1 and Bottas improves to a 1:36.119 in P1. Hamilton is still struggling to get to grips with his car and can only get to within half a second of his team-mate on his latest lap.
11:30 Meanwhile, Raikkonen has been on the radio to complain about vibrations and Ricciardo has made a real mess of Turn 2 and ran off the track completely.
11:28 Hamilton has also moved on to the supersofts and posts the fastest time through the final sector. However, he still finds himself +0.609 seconds off the pace set by Bottas.
11:26 Bottas switches to the supersoft option and goes quickest again with a 1:36.998. Seven tenths quicker than Vettel.
11:25 Not the greatest of starts, though, for Felipe Massa. He has locked up a couple of times and ran wide in the middle sector.
11:23 We're on board with Vettel and that is a very squeaky clean start to his day in Sochi. He goes eight tenths quicker than Hamilton to rise to the top of the standings. Team-mate Raikkonen slots into P3.
11:19 Sergio Perez and Lance Stroll are on the timesheets alongside Hamilton and Bottas. The former was quickest so far through the middle sector but a mistake in the latter stages sees him settle into P3.
11:16 With all eyes on Sirotkin, Hamilton set the new fastest lap with a 1:39.558. Hope for his sake he lifted off when the yellow flags came into effect!
11:14 Sirotkin tries his best to start the car again but the stewards are eager to move him out of harm's way. The engine just seemed to completely shut off.
11:12 And this is not the start Sirotkin would have wanted at his home grand prix. He has come to a stop at Turn 2 and the yellow flags are waving.
11:11 Hamilton is clearly feeling his way into the session, as his first timed lap is five seconds slower than Bottas.
11:09 Mercedes number two driver Valtteri Bottas (joking!) sets the first timed lap of the session: a 1.39.871 on the soft tyre compound.
11:05 Lewis Hamilton is one of the last drivers to emerge and is currently on his out lap. Most have now completed their installation procedures.
11:04 Interestingly, Ferrari have changed the turbo chargers in both cars ahead of this weekend's race. The season limit is four and they are up to three already...
11:00 The pit lane light goes green and we are officially underway. A handful of cars are straight out of the garage, with Kimi Raikkonen among them.
10:59 It's a beautiful, clear, sunny day in Sochi with temperatures around 19 degrees. Perfect conditions to get plenty of work done over the next 90 minutes.
10:50 There is also a relatively fresh face joining us for FP1, with Renault giving Sergey Sirotkin an opportunity at his home grand prix. Nico Hulkenberg has been given the morning off.
10:44 Looking further down the field, Haas have changed their brake suppliers to Carbon Industrie in a bid to end their long-running issues, while Honda believe they have provided McLaren with a reliability update following their Bahrain disaster. We won't hold our breath.
10:37 There has been the usual mind games between the two front-runners Ferrari and Mercedes ahead of the Russian Grand Prix, a race which the latter has dominated for the last three years. Red Bull, meanwhile, believe they could be in a strong battle with Williams to finish best of the rest this weekend.
10:30 Hello and welcome to our live coverage as round four of the 2017 season gets underway with FP1 in Sochi. The pit lane will open in 30 minutes.
Driver Standings
1 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:38.871 1:28:08.743 1
2 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:38.728 0.617 1
3 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1:40.369 11.000 1
4 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:41.979 36.320 1
5 Max Verstappen Red Bull 1:38.543 60.416 1
6 Sergio Perez Force India 1:38.755 86.788 1
7 Esteban Ocon Force India 1:38.868 95.004 1
8 Nico Hulkenberg Renault Sport 1:38.418 96.188 1
9 Felipe Massa Williams 1:42.353 1 LAP 2
10 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso 1:38.858 1 LAP 1
11 Lance Stroll Williams 1:39.966 1 LAP 1
12 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso 1:38.334 1 LAP 1
13 Kevin Magnussen Haas 1:39.844 1 LAP 1
14 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren 1:39.889 1 LAP 2
15 Marcus Ericsson Sauber 1:39.944 1 LAP 2
16 Pascal Wehrlein Sauber 1:50.912 2 LAPS 2
R Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull RETIRED 47 LAPS 1
R Fernando Alonso McLaren RETIRED 52 LAPS 0
R Jolyon Palmer Renault Sport RETIRED 52 LAPS 0
R Romain Grosjean Haas RETIRED 52 LAPS 0
Driver Standings
1 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:33.194 - 5
2 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1:33.253 0.059 5
3 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:33.289 0.095 4
4 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:33.767 0.573 4
5 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull 1:34.905 1.711 4
6 Felipe Massa Williams 1:35.110 1.916 5
7 Max Verstappen Red Bull 1:35.161 1.967 4
8 Nico Hulkenberg Renault Sport 1:35.285 2.091 5
9 Sergio Perez Force India 1:35.337 2.143 6
10 Esteban Ocon Force India 1:35.430 2.236 6
10 Lance Stroll Williams 1:35.964 2.7 3
Driver Standings
1 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:33.264 - 2
2 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1:33.663 0.399 3
3 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:33.760 0.496 2
4 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:34.038 0.774 3
5 Felipe Massa Williams 1:35.049 1.785 3
6 Max Verstappen Red Bull 1:35.221 1.957 2
7 Nico Hulkenberg Renault Sport 1:35.328 2.064 3
8 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull 1:35.483 2.219 2
9 Sergio Perez Force India 1:35.513 2.249 4
10 Esteban Ocon Force India 1:35.729 2.465 4
11 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso 1:35.948 2.684 4
12 Lance Stroll Williams 1:35.964 2.7 4
13 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso 1:35.968 2.704 4
14 Kevin Magnussen Haas 1:36.017 2.753 4
15 Jolyon Palmer Renault Sport 1:36.462 2.421 1
15 Fernando Alonso McLaren 1:36.660 3.396 4
Driver Standings
1 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:34.041 - 1
2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:34.409 0.368 1
3 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:34.493 0.452 1
4 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1:34.953 0.912 1
5 Max Verstappen Red Bull 1:35.301 1.26 1
6 Esteban Ocon Force India 1:35.372 1.331 2
7 Nico Hulkenberg Renault Sport 1:35.507 1.466 1
8 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull 1:35.560 1.519 1
9 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso 1:35.827 1.786 2
10 Felipe Massa Williams 1:35.828 1.787 1
11 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso 1:35.984 1.943 2
12 Sergio Perez Force India 1:36.185 2.144 2
13 Lance Stroll Williams 1:36.279 2.238 2
14 Fernando Alonso McLaren 1:36.353 2.312 2
15 Kevin Magnussen Haas 1:36.408 2.367 2
16 Jolyon Palmer Renault Sport 1:36.462 2.421 1
17 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren 1:37.070 3.029 2
18 Pascal Wehrlein Sauber 1:37.332 3.291 2
19 Marcus Ericsson Sauber 1:37.507 3.466 2
20 Romain Grosjean Haas 1:37.620 3.579 2
Driver Standings
1 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:34.001 - 8
2 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1:34.338 0.337 7
3 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:34.364 0.363 6
4 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:34.542 0.541 6
5 Max Verstappen Red Bull 1:35.452 1.451 4
6 Felipe Massa Williams 1:35.471 1.47 6
7 Nico Hulkenberg Renault Sport 1:35.662 1.661 3
8 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull 1:35.830 1.829 5
9 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso 1:36.164 2.163 3
10 Kevin Magnussen Haas 1:36.556 2.555 5
11 Lance Stroll Williams 1:36.649 2.648 5
12 Esteban Ocon Force India 1:36.676 2.675 3
13 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso 1:36.846 2.845 4
14 Fernando Alonso McLaren 1:36.869 2.868 3
15 Sergio Perez Force India 1:36.962 2.961 4
16 Romain Grosjean Haas 1:37.164 3.163 5
17 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren 1:37.182 3.181 3
18 Marcus Ericsson Sauber 1:37.503 3.502 3
19 Pascal Wehrlein Sauber 1:37.657 3.656 4
20 Jolyon Palmer Renault Sport 3
Driver Standings
1 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:34.120 - 8
2 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1:34.383 0.263 9
3 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:34.790 0.67 5
4 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:34.829 0.709 5
5 Max Verstappen Red Bull 1:35.540 1.42 2
6 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull 1:35.910 1.79 4
7 Felipe Massa Williams 1:36.261 2.141 5
8 Nico Hulkenberg Renault Sport 1:36.329 2.209 4
9 Kevin Magnussen Haas 1:36.506 2.386 7
10 Sergio Perez Force India 1:36.600 2.48 4
11 Esteban Ocon Force India 1:36.654 2.534 4
12 Fernando Alonso McLaren 1:36.765 2.645 5
13 Jolyon Palmer Renault Sport 1:36.771 2.651 3
14 Romain Grosjean Haas 1:37.039 2.919 6
15 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso 1:37.083 2.963 3
16 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren 1:37.125 3.005 5
17 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso 1:37.300 3.18 4
18 Pascal Wehrlein Sauber 1:37.441 3.321 4
19 Lance Stroll Williams 1:37.747 3.627 6
20 Marcus Ericsson Sauber 1:37.819 3.699 4
Driver Standings
1 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1:36.074 - 5
2 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:36.119 0.045 4
3 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:36.681 0.607 4
4 Max Verstappen Red Bull 1:37.174 1.1 3
5 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:37.230 1.156 8
6 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull 1:37.290 1.216 4
7 Sergio Perez Force India 1:37.457 1.383 4
8 Felipe Massa Williams 1:37.900 1.826 4
9 Lance Stroll Williams 1:37.944 1.87 4
10 Esteban Ocon Force India 1:38.065 1.991 4
11 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso 1:38.496 2.422 5
12 Kevin Magnussen Haas 1:38.747 2.673 3
13 Fernando Alonso McLaren 1:38.813 2.739 3
14 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso 1:38.976 2.902 3
15 Jolyon Palmer Renault Sport 1:39.158 3.084 4
16 Romain Grosjean Haas 1:39.533 3.459 4
17 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren 1:39.541 3.467 5
18 Pascal Wehrlein Sauber 1:39.731 3.657 4
19 Marcus Ericsson Sauber 1:40.079 4.005 4
20 Sergey Sirotkin Renault Sport 1
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