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30 Sep 14:41 Lewis Hamilton wins the Russian GP for the 3rd time in his career. Team mate Bottas in is P2.
30 Sep 14:40 We're on the final lap.
30 Sep 14:40 Bottas asking if positions to stay as they are. He is told they will talk about it after the race.
30 Sep 14:33 4 more laps to go.
30 Sep 14:26 Can Vettel catch Bottas?
30 Sep 14:26 Max now in P5 and will chase Kimi Raikkonen.
30 Sep 14:25 10 laps to go and Hamilton is now in the lead. Can he get out in front of Hamilton?
30 Sep 14:25  Max is pitting!
30 Sep 14:24 Max working out that Hamilton can't catch him and says to his team that he should stay out.
30 Sep 14:23 Lewis will try to come for Max now. Max told to push after he reports his tyres are a bit cold.
30 Sep 14:22 Nico extremely surprised that Max is still in the lead.
30 Sep 14:19 Ricciardo in the pits with a new front and nose.
30 Sep 14:16 No doubt that Max will be the driver of the day.
30 Sep 14:14 Pit window is open.
30 Sep 14:07 Hamilton picking up 'hesitations' in the engine. And he reports blistering on the right rear tyre.
30 Sep 13:59 Bottas pace is not looking in good form.
30 Sep 13:57 We are on lp 27/53.
30 Sep 13:56 Team orders come into play. Bottas told to let Hamilton pass on Turn 13. 
30 Sep 13:56 Gasley says he suffered with brake failure.
30 Sep 13:52 1.037seconds between Bottas and Hamilton.
30 Sep 13:51 Ocon has 3 laps to hustle.
30 Sep 13:46 Perez asking if he can overtake.
30 Sep 13:44 Kimi pits and now Verstappen leads the race.
30 Sep 13:43 Stewards looking into Turn 2 incident between Vettel and Hamilton as Vettel moved twice to defend his position. This is not allowed.
30 Sep 13:43 Kimi still in the lead. 
30 Sep 13:39 WOW! Hamilton passe Vettel!
30 Sep 13:39 Geez  that was so close, amazing that Hamilton and Vettel didnt touch there!
30 Sep 13:38 Vettel gets past Hamilton! Ferrari's strategy finally pays off!
30 Sep 13:37 Good stop from the pit boys, where will he come out of the pits at 60km/h?
30 Sep 13:37 Hamilton about to pit but was this a bad move for Mercedes to wait so long to pit?
30 Sep 13:35 Vettel in and out of the pits.
30 Sep 13:34 Bottas coming out behind Verstappen. Ferrari still has not pitted.
30 Sep 13:34 Bottas makes the first stop as Hamilton takes the lead. Looks like this could be Bottas race to win...
30 Sep 13:33 Ericcson coming in for Sauber pits.
30 Sep 13:32 Sirotkin exiting the pits.
30 Sep 13:31 Force India's Ocon and Charles Leclerc in the pits
FINISH That is all from a fantastic Russian Grand Prix, with Mercedes counting their dominance on the Black Sea. We will see you bright and early next weekend for the Japanese Grand Prix, which starts on Friday morning. Bye for now.
FINISH Hamilton now leads the World Championship by 50 points. Surely he has two hands on the title now? Surely..?
FINISH Pierre Gasly and Brendon Hartley were the only two men to retire. Both exited the grand prix on Lap 6 with a similar brake issue on their Toro Rosso.
FINISH Grosjean, Hulkenberg, Ericsson, Alonso, Stroll, Vandoorne, Sainz, Sirotkin the other finishers.
FINISH Charles Leclerc finishes 'best of the rest', with Kevin Magnussen, Esteban Ocon and Sergio Perez rounding out the points.
FINISH Max Verstappen finishes in P5, with Daniel Ricciardo in P6. Don't forget, the pair started in P19 and P18 respectively.
FINISH Hamilton wins from Bottas, Vettel and Raikkonen.
FINISH LEWIS HAMILTON WINS THE RUSSIAN GRAND PRIX!!
Lap 52 "Positions will stay as they are, Valtteri," says the Finn's engineer. ONE LAP TO GO
Lap 51 JUST TWO LAPS TO GO!
Lap 50 While Vettel was getting caught behind Magnussen, Bottas put in a 1:35.8 to set another new race lap record.
Lap 50 Kevin Magnussen gets in Sebastian Vettel's way. The third person (at least) to get annoyed with the Dane this afternoon...
Lap 50 Hamilton breaks the race lap record again. He puts in a 1:36.1 around the Sochi circuit to extend his lead once more.
Lap 49 There are no real battles out on track right now. At least a gap of 1.5s between two drivers up and down the field.
Lap 48 Hamilton leads Bottas by 2s, with Vettel a further 2s behind him.
Lap 47 The gap between Raikkonen and Verstappen is extending. Max cannot get those (US) tyres working and P5 looks like it will be his today.
Lap 46 Lewis Hamilton sets a new race lap record around the Sochi Autodrom. He now leads Bottas by 2.3s.
Lap 45 Further down the field.. Magnussen, Ocon and Perez are still line astern. The Dane holds P8, with the two Force Indias rounding out the points positions.
Lap 45 As it stands, Hamilton will take a 50 point lead east to Japan next weekend.
Lap 44 Verstappen comes out 14s behind P4 man Kimi Raikkonen, and 21s off the podium places.. Could he do it on his birthday?
Lap 43 TEN LAPS TO GO (43/53): HAM BOT VET RAI VER RIC LEC MAG OCO PER HUL GRO ERI ALO STR SAI VAN SIR OUT: GAS HAR
Lap 43 Verstappen pits! This could be the race right here.. The (US) tyres go on to allow him to fully attack!
Lap 42 Hamilton has a shocker of a middle sector having attacked Verstappen down at Turn 2. He is now 2s behind the Dutchman.
Lap 41 "The Red Bull is leader? How the heck did that happen?" asks Nico Hulkenberg, as Verstappen comes up to lap him.
Lap 40 Hamilton is now within 1.5s of Verstappen again, as they come through lapped traffic. Verstappen still yet to pit.
Lap 39 Vettel puts in a 1:37.1, a new fastest lap. However, he is still over 2s behind Bottas. Ricciardo comes into the pits from P6. He will also come out in P6, even with a front wing change.
Lap 39 Red Bull seem to be getting ready for a pit stop in the garage...
Lap 38 A mention for Charles Leclerc, who we have not really spoke about this afternoon. The Sauber man still sits in P7 as the 'best of the rest', and has a 13s gap to Kevin Magnussen.
Lap 37 The switch takes place at Force India. Sergio Perez allows Esteban Ocon back through into P9.
Lap 36 Verstappen is quicker than all three behind him. His (S) tyres are still in the optimal mode. Will he move to the (HS) tyres for the final laps?
Lap 35 Hulkenberg pits, Perez has "one more lap to try" to overtake Magnussen.
Lap 34 So, Force India will switch Perez and Ocon back round once Nico Hulkenberg pits.. Will Perez do it, though?
Lap 33 TWENTY LAPS TO GO (33/53): VER HAM BOT VET RAI RIC HUL LEC MAG PER OCO GRO ERI SAI ALO STR VAN SIR OUT: GAS HAR
Lap 32 Vettel with a new fastest lap. The German is now just 1.4s behind Bottas.
Lap 31 Fernando Alonso becomes the fourth man to be lapped.. After Lance Stroll, Stoffel Vandoorne and Sergey Sirotkin.. A bad day for Williams and McLaren yet again.
Lap 30 A reminder that Max Verstappen leads.. Why this matters? - He turned 21 today - He started this race in P19..
Lap 29 Currently every driver is on the (S) tyres
Lap 28 There are still several drivers yet to pit.. Those who started on the (S) tyres.
Lap 27 Verstappen is still yet to pit. He leads from Hamilton, Bottas, Vettel, Raikkonen and Ricciardo, who is also yet to pit.
Lap 26 Perez is allowed past Ocon to have a go at Magnussen.
Lap 25 Bottas lets Hamilton through into Turn 12.. Racecraft from Mercedes?
Lap 24 Kevin Magnussen has angered someone else. Carlos Sainz is looking for the Dane to get a penalty after he pushed the Renault off the track.
Lap 23 Bottas is within 1.5s of Verstappen now, with Hamilton less than a second behind his team-mate.
Lap 22 No further action for Sebastian Vettel on that incident with Lewis Hamilton.
Lap 21 The battle still rages on, while Verstappen still leads.
Lap 20 That Magnussen, Ocon, Perez battle is back on. They sit P9, P10 and P11, with the Haas holding up the two Force Indias.
Lap 19 Perez wants to overtake Ocon... He is on the radio with his pit crew.
Lap 18 Raikkonen pits from the leads, meaning Max Verstappen leads the Russian Grand Prix on his birthday!
Lap 18 Vettel is now under investigation for moving more than once to defend position in the Turn 2 incident with Lewis Hamilton.
Lap 17 So... Raikkonen leads from Verstappen but neither have pitted. Of those that have been through the pits, Bottas leads from Hamilton and Vettel. That is the top five so far.
Lap 16 The Brit had looked down the inside into Turn 2, but Vettel came across to block the move. However, he had the momentum around the fast Turn 3 to take the position.
Lap 16 HAMILTON GETS PAST VETTEL INTO TURN 4!!
Lap 15 Bottas, Vettel and Hamilton are now within 1.5s. They sit P3, P4 and P5, with Kimi Raikkonen currently leading and Max Verstappen in P2.
Lap 15 Side-by-side down to Turn 2 and VETTEL HAS THE POSITION!!
Lap 14 Now Hamilton pits..
Lap 13 Sebastian Vettel pits, attempting the undercut on Lewis Hamilton. The gap was 2.3s before the pit stop.
Lap 13 The Finn drops behind Max Verstappen, and comes out in P5.
Lap 12 BOTTAS PITS FROM THE LEAD
Lap 10 Charles Leclerc, the leader of the (HS) runners, comes into the pit lane. He drops down to P11.
Lap 10 Referring to Magnussen defending from Ocon... Ocon: "He moved last minute, that was dangerous" Otmar Szafnaeur, Force India team principal: "true to form" Force India don't like Kevin then?
Lap 9 Kevin Magnussen pits, the second Haas to come in. The Dane drops down to P13.
Lap 9 Esteban Ocon and Kevin Magnussen are embroiled in a great battle for P7. Meanwhile, Daniel Ricciardo moves into the points scoring positions.
Lap 8 Romain Grosjean is the first of the (HS) men to pit. He had dropped down to P13 from his P8 grid slot.
Lap 8 Stoffel Vandoorne gets past both Williams and moves up to P15, with Lance Stroll then pitting to ditch the (US) and put the (S) on, following Fernando Alonso.
Lap 8 Leclerc is dispatched, and drops down to P6. MAX VERSTAPPEN IS IN P5!
Lap 7 Bottas puts in a new fastest lap to increase his lead at the front to 1.4s. Meanwhile, Verstappen now only has Charles Leclerc in front of him, and then the Dutchman will be in P5.
Lap 6 Fernando Alonso pits to get rid of the (US) and puts on the (S) tyres. The Spaniard now sits in P18, last of the runners.
Lap 6 Double retirement for Toro Rosso. Both Hartley and Gasly have come in to the pits to end their races.
Lap 5 Make that P7 for the Dutchman.. What a start, what a birthday!
Lap 5 Verstappen now in P8, past Sergio Perez.
Lap 4 Brendon Hartley spins at Turn 2, Pierre Gasly spins at Turn 4. A dismal day for the Toro Rosso boys already...
Lap 3 Three laps gone, Bottas leads Hamilton, Vettel and Raikkonen.
Lap 3 MAKE THAT P9! WOW!
Lap 3 The Dutchman is already into the points!
Lap 2 Verstappen gets past both Renaults on the second lap to reach P11.
Lap 2 CHARLES LECLERC IS INTO P5!! Round the outside of Magnussen in the fast Turn 3!
START Max Verstappen is already up to P13! What a start on his birthday!
START Bottas, Hamilton, Vettel, Raikkonen the top four!
START BOTTAS HAS THE LEAD!
START GO GO GO GO GO!!
13:13 The cars are lining up on the grid... Here we go...
13:11 So the front four are on the (US) tyres, P5-P10 on the (HS), the ten Renaults on the (S), the Williams and McLarens on the (US), Gasly and the two Red Bulls on the (S) and Brendon Hartley is on the (HS) starting from last place.
13:10 THE FORMATION LAP IS UNDERWAY!
13:08 Brendon Hartley has been moved to the back of the grid after changing his power unit for a second time this weekend. So the back four on the grid is now: P17 Gasly, P18 Ricciardo, P19 Verstappen & P20 Hartley
13:05 A reminder of the grid: Bottas, Hamilton, Vettel, Raikkonen, Magnussen, Ocon, Leclerc, Perez, Grosjean, Ericsson, Sainz, Hulkenberg, Sirotkin, Stroll, Vandoorne, Alonso, Gasly, Hartley, Ricciardo, Verstappen.
13:00 TEN MINUTES TO GO UNTIL THE RUSSIAN GRAND PRIX!
12:56 So who wins in Russia this year? Will Mercedes continue their dominance, and if so, will Bottas be allowed to beat Hamilton? Or can Vettel repeat Bottas' triumph from P3 last year?
12:53 Last year, Valtteri Bottas took his maiden victory in Formula 1 around the Sochi Olympic Park. He starts from P3 and led by Turn 2!
12:50 The inaugural race in 2014 saw Lewis Hamilton take victory in Sochi. In both 2015 and 2016, Nico Rosberg was the man to win on the coast of the Black Sea.
12:47 What about the Russian Grand Prix's history then..? It has been a Mercedes dominated race over the years.
12:43 The 'B' Championship is currently being led by Nico Hulkenberg with 53 points. He has a three point lead over Fernando Alonso, with Kevin Magnussen another point back.
12:39 Max Verstappen sits in P5 in standings. He is 23 points adrift of Bottas, but is also 22 points clear of Red Bull team-mate Daniel Ricciardo.
12:36 There is a battle of the Finns for P3 in the standings. Kimi Raikkonen has a three point lead over Valtteri Bottas, but the pair are over 100 points behind Hamilton.
12:33 Lewis Hamilton leads the way in the Drivers' standings, with 281 points. The Brit has a 40 point gap to Sebastian Vettel, as the pair looks for that fifth world title.
12:30 So that is the grid for today's Russian Grand Prix, but what about the Championship standings?
12:26 On the last row are the two Red Bulls. Daniel Ricciardo starts P19 with engine penalties sending him to the back. Max Verstappen starts the Russian Grand Prix from last, on his birthday, after engine, gearbox, and yellow flag penalties.
12:23 The pair of Toro Rossos will line up on the penultimate row in Sochi, with Pierre Gasly in P17, ahead of Brendon Hartley. The Kiwi will start the race from P18.
12:20 The McLarens are the first of the teams to have received penalties this weekend. Stoffel Vandoorne will start P15 after a gearbox penalty early this morning, with Fernando Alonso starting P16 after an engine change.
12:17 After that come the two Williams. Sergey Sirotkin lines up in P13 for his home grand prix, with Lance Stroll just behind him in P14.
12:15 The bottom half of the grid goes two by two when it comes to the other five teams. It starts with Renault, who decided not to go out in Q2 yesterday to avoid the hypersoft tyres for the race. Carlos Sainz starts P11, with Nico Hulkenberg in P12.
12:12 There are two Ferrari powered cars on the fifth row. The Haas of Romain Grosjean starts in P9, with Marcus Ericsson's Sauber rounding out the top ten.
12:09 Charles Leclerc got his Sauber onto the fourth row, and the Monegasque will start in P7. Also on Row 4 will be Sergio Perez, the second Force India.
12:06 Row 3 has a different look to it, with the two Red Bulls having engine penalties. Kevin Magnussen starts from P5 as the 'best of the rest'. He has Esteban Ocon alongside him on the third row.
12:04 Behind the two Mercedes come the two Ferraris. Sebastian Vettel lines up in P3, with Kimi Raikkonen alongside his team-mate.
12:02 Neither of the big two will start on pole position, though.. Valtteri Bottas will line up at the front of the grid, with Lewis Hamilton alongside him on the front row.
12:00 Hello and welcome to our coverage of the Russian Grand Prix. This one will be crucial for the run to that elusive fifth World Championship for Hamilton and Vettel! The race starts in an hour and ten minutes and we will have it all here for you!
15:03 That is all from an encapsulating Russian Grand Prix qualifying. Will Mercedes steal a march from the front of the grid? Find out tomorrow with our coverage from the race. Bye for now!
15:02 Their team-mates round out the top ten. Sergio Perez, Romain Grosjean and Marcus Ericsson will line up P8, P9 and P10 respectively for Sunday's Russian Grand Prix.
15:02 Kevin Magnussen is the 'best of the rest' after qualifying. He starts P5, ahead of Esteban Ocon and Charles Leclerc, with a Haas, Force India and Sauber in the top seven.
15:01 Bottas with a 1:31.387 to take pole position ahead of Hamilton, Vettel and Raikkonen.
15:00 BOTTAS TAKES POLE POSITION FOR THE RUSSIAN GRAND PRIX!!
15:00 Bottas - 1:04.6 through two sectors Hamilton - 1:05.9 - the Brit is out of it...
14:59 Bottas - 33.3 (one tenth quicker) Hamilton - 33.1 (three tenths quicker)
14:58 Once again, it is Bottas who leads them away...
14:56 Out they come again.. Will Hamilton get ahead of Bottas to take pole position?
14:53 Vettel and Raikkonen slot into P3 and P4, with Esteban Ocon leading the 'best of the rest' from Charles Leclerc by just 0.006s.
14:52 Bottas puts in a 1:31.528 Hamilton responds with a 1:31.532 Just 0.004s between the two Mercedes.
14:52 Bottas at 1:04.7 through sector 2; Hamilton also at 1:04.7 Neck and neck going into the final sector.
14:51 Bottas 33.4 for the first sector; Hamilton 33.2
14:50 Valtteri Bottas will lead them away on the first runs...
14:50 Marcus Ericsson is the only man not to go out for a first run in the final part of qualifying.
14:48 Q3 IS UNDERWAY! Who will take pole position?
14:43 Marcus Ericsson reaches Q3 for the first time since Monza... 2015!! And he just got dropped from Sauber's line-up for next year..
14:40 The five men out after Q2: Verstappen, Ricciardo, Gasly, Sainz, Hulkenberg. HAM BOT VET RAI LEC GRO OCO MAG PER ERI the ten drivers through to the shootout for pole position.
14:38 Neither of the Renault drivers will not go out in this session, which will see them start in P11 and P12. That could be the perfect idea for them to succeed in tomorrow's race as they get a free choice of tyres.
14:35 FIVE MINUTES TO GO IN Q2: HAM BOT VET RAI LEC GRO OCO MAG PER ERI The bottom five of VER RIC GAS SAI HUL have not set times yet.
14:32 Charles Leclerc is the only other man within a second of Hamilton. Ocon, Perez and Ericsson have also put laps in during Q2.
14:30 The two Ferraris are both four tenths behind Hamilton. It looks like it could be odds on for Mercedes to grab a front-row lockout.
14:29 Bottas starts the session with a 1:32.7. Hamilton responds by going 0.15s quicker.
14:25 The two Mercedes are the first men straight out on track in the second part of qualifying. Ferrari follow them out, with all four on the (US) as they look to get through to Q3 on the optimum race tyre.
14:25 GREEN LIGHT FOR Q2!
14:24 So, will we see the two Red Bulls in this second part of qualifying? The same goes for Pierre Gasly.. I would expect not.
14:20 The five men out after Q1: Hartley, Alonso, Sirotkin, Vandoorne, Stroll The top 15 after the first 18 minutes: HAM BOT VER RIC RAI VET LEC GRO MAG PER ERI OCO GAS SAI HUL
14:19 Hamilton puts in a 1:32.4 to break the lap record once again.
14:18 Sergey Sirotkin spins on his final timed lap, bringing out yellow flags.
14:15 Ricciardo (P3) and Verstappen (P4) both go within half a second of Lewis Hamilton. That could be the last quick lap we see from them today.
14:14 The 18 times on the board (with the lack of Red Bull) have all been set on the (HS) tyres.
14:12 Correction: Hamilton has the fastest ever lap in Sochi, with the Brit going down into the 1:32.8s, a tenth ahead of Bottas.
14:12 Bottas pushes his fastest time down into the 1:32s, the fastest ever lap around Sochi.
14:11 On cue, the two Red Bulls leave the garage!
14:10 A piece of carbon fibre falls off Brendon Hartley's Toro Rosso. The Kiwi is currently in P13. However, the two Red Bulls are yet to appear.
14:09 Hamilton backs out of his lap as he encounters traffic towards the final sector, with the Brit only making it into P10.
14:07 Valtteri Bottas goes fastest with a 1:33.1, but Hamilton is next...
14:05 Vettel and Raikkonen move into the 1:33s to lead the way so far.
14:04 Kevin Magnussen puts the first lap on the board, a 1:34.0.
14:01 The two Williams and two Haas cars are out first.
14:00 QUALIFYING IS UNDERWAY!
13:58 A reminder of the three tyres available for this weekend's race. The yellow-striped softs (S), purple-striped ultrasofts (US) and pink-striped hypersofts (HS) tyres.
13:56 The sun is out in Sochi, with a track temperature of 38C for this afternoon's session.
13:53 News from off the track is that Russia will have another man on the grid in 2019. Daniil Kvyat will be back with Toro Rosso for next season.
13:50 Sebastian Vettel took Ferrari's only pole position in Sochi last year, but could not turn that into a victory.
13:48 Lewis Hamilton took the inaugural pole position in Sochi in 2014, with Nico Rosberg then securing top spot on the grid in 2015 and 2016.
13:46 Looking back on previous qualifying sessions in Russia: Mercedes 3 - 1 Ferrari
13:43 As well as the Spaniard... Daniel Ricciardo, Max Verstappen, Pierre Gasly and Brendon Hartley will take penalties, so do not be expecting the four of them to be advancing into Q3 this afternoon.
13:41 The two McLarens were at the bottom of the field, with Fernando Alonso one of five men to receive engine penalties ahead of Sunday's race.
13:39 Charles Leclerc was the 'best of the rest', with the Force Indias of Esteban Ocon and Sergio Perez sandwiched the Haas of Kevin Magnussen in the final places in the top half.
13:37 The two Ferraris were not up to scratch in FP3, with Sebastian Vettel six tenths off the pace. Kimi Raikkonen was a slither behind his German team-mate, with the two Red Bulls rounding out the top ten.
13:34 His mark of 1:33.067 is the fastest lap ever around Sochi, and the Brit was a quarter of a second ahead of team-mate Valtteri Bottas.
13:32 In what has been a race dominated by Mercedes over its first four years, Lewis Hamilton took charge in FP3, with a new lap record around the Sochi circuit.
13:30 Hello and welcome to a crucial qualifying session from the coast of the Black Sea. Q1 ahead of the Russian Grand Prix is 30 minutes away.
13:00 Checkered flag! And it's Mercedes who continue to set the standard in Sochi ahead of qualifying with Ferrari still left with an awful lot of work to do if they are to topple the Silver Arrows. Join us back here for qualifying at 1500 local time.
12:58 A close shave between Vettel and Ricciardo as the former pops out from the pit lane exit, forcing Ricciardo into a sharp movement to avoid crashing into his ex-Red Bull team-mate.
12:55 Verstappen is back up to P5, eight tenths behind Hamilton and two tenths behind the leading Ferrari of Vettel. Five minutes remain...
12:54 Raikkonen, negotiating traffic, also puts himself six tenths off Hamilton but remains P4. Hamilton, meanwhile, has a little off after experiencing a spot of oversteer.
12:52 Some improvement for Vettel but it's nothing to get excited about. He is now exactly six tenths behind Hamilton and keeping the tyres in optimum condition throughout the whole lap is still proving to be a problem.
12:50 Some late movement in behind Mercedes and Ferrari. Leclerc is now up to P5 with Magnussen rising to P6.
12:48 Well allow Hamilton to retort... He pumps in a 1:33.067 which is a new track record at the Sochi Autodrom. Vettel puts a lap together, and is a second down on Hamilton. This is not good viewing if you are a Ferrari fan.
12:46 Bottas is back at the top, going quickest of all through the middle sector to help him pip Hamilton by a tenth. Vettel, meanwhile, has backed off once again.
12:43 After a brief lull, Vettel is back out there on another qualy sim run and misses not one, but two corners. Abort. Abort.
12:38 Nico Hulkenberg creeps into the top 10, outpacing his team-mate Carlos Sainz by a tenth in the Renault.
12:34 Red Bull are not at the races in FP3. Sergio Perez has just taken P5 off Ricciardo and Verstappen, in P9, has Ocon and Leclerc ahead of him.
12:32 Hamilton extends his advantage to three tenths with a new fastest time of 1:33.496.
12:28 Hamilton gets it together this time with a 1:33.664 to make it a Mercedes 1-2 at the top of the timesheet.
12:24 Bottas went for another blast, but was held up by traffic and aborts his run.
12:23 Hamilton goes quickest of all through the first sector but his middle sector is a little on the scruffy side. He recovers in sector three, yet he finds himself a tenth down on his team-mate.
12:20 Bottas gets the better of Vettel on his next run, but only by 0.050 seconds. Let's see what Hamilton has up his sleeve...
12:16 Bottas' first attack, also on the hypersofts, puts him within 0.082 seconds of Vettel.
12:15 Vettel goes for another hypersoft run and finds time in the final sector, but is 0.088s short of his personal best.
12:12 Vettel gets his eye in with a 1:33.859 on his first hot lap, just five times on the board thus far. That time from Vettel is quicker than what he managed to achieve through the whole of Friday.
12:10 Here come the Ferraris...Raikkonen, on the hypersofts, lowers the benchmark significantly with a 1:35.074.
12:07 And now Alonso throws himself up there to P1, two tenths quicker than the Russian.
12:05 Sirotkin is the very early leader in FP3 with a 1:37.704.
12:00 Off we go! Alonso and Leclerc are the first to bolt out from the garage.
11:53 It will be interesting to see how the tyres perform on what is a hotter and more humid day compared to yesterday. Not long now until we see the drivers put the finishing touches together before qualifying.
11:45 Friday started off well for Ferrari with Sebastian Vettel topping FP1, but FP2 turned into quite the struggle. Neither Vettel nor Raikkonen could get into any sort of rhythm with Mercedes quicker on both qualifying and race sims, and better at looking after their tyres, too.
11:35 The breaking news this morning is...The Torpedo is back! Daniil Kvyat has been confirmed as one half of Toro Rosso's 2019 line-up. He deserves another crack at this F1 lark. Good on him.
11:30 Hello and welcome back to Sochi ahead of the Russian Grand Prix. Next on the agenda is FP3, which begins in 30 minutes.
15:35 That is all from us for today's action. Join us tomorrow morning for the third practice session of the Russian Grand Prix weekend. Bye for now.
15:33 So Mercedes have the best qualifying pace. It also looks like Mercedes have the best race pace on both the (US) and (HS) tyres. This could be ominous for Sunday's race.
15:30 FP2 IS OVER: Lewis Hamilton set the fastest time in the session with a 1:33.3. Valtteri Bottas, Max Verstappen, Daniel Ricciardo and Sebastian Vettel were all within six tenths on the qualifying runs around Sochi. HAM BOT VER RIC VET RAI PER GAS OCO ERI MAG SAI LEC HUL GRO HAR ALO VAN SIR STR
15:28 Average lap times on the (US) tyres. Hamilton 1:39.6 (12 laps) Verstappen 1:40.1 (11 laps) Ricciardo 1:40.6 (14 laps)
15:25 FIVE MINUTES TO GO IN FP2
15:22 The Dutchman is finally back out on track. Could he have just been protecting that engine, with penalties already sending him towards the back of the grid anyway.
15:19 Verstappen still remains in the pit lane, losing valuable track time in his Red Bull.
15:16 "Do you want me to race," says Vettel, who is stuck behind some traffic.
15:12 Max Verstappen is currently the only man in the pit lane.
15:10 Vettel actually spun going into Turn 13, and came straight into the pits to swap from the (HS) to (US) for another strategy run.
15:08 Sebastian Vettel runs wide at the end of the back straight, and the German immediately enters the pits.
15:04 "The left front is not good. It is not easy to drive" says Max Verstappen on the (US).
15:01 Both Hamilton and Ricciardo are on the (US) at the moment, while both Vettel and Bottas are out on the (HS) for the opening attempts on race strategy.
14:57 We are very unlikely to see any times dropping for the rest of the session now, as the teams work on some race strategy in preparation for Sunday afternoon.
14:51 The qualifying runs see the Mercedes ruling the roost around Sochi once again. Hamilton leads Bottas, ahead of the Red Bull pair of Verstappen and Ricciardo. The two Ferraris could only manage P5 and P6, with Vettel ahead of Raikkonen.
14:49 Sergio Perez is the only man to not have a time on the (HS) tyres at the moment.
14:45 HALFWAY THROUGH - 45 MINUTES TO GO: HAM BOT VER RIC VET RAI GAS OCO ERI MAG SAI LEC HUL GRO HAR ALO VAN PER SIR STR
14:45 Hamilton goes faster, with a 1:33.3.
14:43 We always talk about the top six, but the bottom six is currently filled by three teams. The two Force Indias, two Williams and two McLarens are the bottom six at the moment.
14:42 Kimi Raikkonen is down in P8, with Marcus Ericsson and Kevin Magnussen ahead of the Finn.
14:40 The top five are currently separated by 0.380s. Hamilton, Bottas, Verstappen, Ricciardo, Vettel the top five at the moment.
14:38 Hamilton scrapes into P1, beating his team-mates time by 0.036s.
14:36 Bottas has gone quickest as we start the qualifying runs. The Finn, who won the 2017 Russian Grand Prix, has put in a 1:33.5.
14:32 Verstappen goes quicker, with a 1:34.0.
14:30 ONE HOUR TO GO: VER HAM BOT RIC VET RAI GAS LEC SAI OCO HAR GRO PER MAG HUL STR VAN ERI ALO SIR
14:29 At the other end of the grid, Sergey Sirotkin currently sits last, with Fernando Alonso just ahead of him in P19.
14:25 Pierre Gasly is currently in the 'best of the rest' slot, sitting 1.5s behind Verstappen.
14:22 Hamilton has gone into P2, less than a tenth behind Verstappen, while Ricciardo is now ahead of the two Ferraris.
14:17 Verstappen goes even quicker. A 1:34.1 puts him eight tenths ahead of Vettel. Bottas then moves into P2, four tenths behind the Dutchman.
14:16 Hamilton and Ricciardo fit into P3 and P4, but neither can get within seven tenths of Verstappen's time.
14:13 The German recovers to duck under the 1:35 barrier. But then Max Verstappen puts in a 1:34.4 to go P1.`
14:10 Vettel locks up at the first corner and has to take to the escape route...
14:07 Vettel puts in a 1:35.382 to go fastest of the eight times so far.
14:04 Vandoorne puts in a 1:37.8 to get us going in FP2.
14:01 The two McLarens are the first two cars out on track, with Fernando Alonso leading Stoffel Vandoorne out of the pits.
14:00 GREEN LIGHT!
13:59 Just a few moments now until the start of FP2.
13:56 Three tyres as always. We have the yellow-striped softs (S), the purple-striped ultrasofts (US), and the pink-striped hypersofts (HS). These are the same tyres as Singapore.
13:50 TEN MINUTES UNTIL LIGHTS OUT!
13:48 So, Ferrari took control in FP1, but can they do the same this afternoon? Sochi has been a Mercedes circuit since its inception to the calendar in 2014.
13:45 Sergey Sirotkin finished in P18 in the first practice session at his home grand prix, with Brendon Hartley and Williams team-mate Lance Stroll behind him.
13:43 Artem Markelov made his F1 debut in FP1 for Renault, on home soil. He finished the session in P15. The other "substitutes" in this morning were Lando Norris for Fernando Alonso at McLaren (P13), and Nicholas Latifi in for Sergio Perez at Force India (P17).
13:41 Esteban Ocon was P6, ahead of Kimi Raikkonen's Ferrari. Kevin Magnussen and Nico Hulkenberg were also in the top ten, as was Antonio Giovinazzi in the Sauber for FP1, ahead of his return to that seat for 2019.
13:38 In FP1, it was Sebastian Vettel who ran out fastest, with a 1:34.488. Max Verstappen, Lewis Hamilton, Valtteri Bottas and Daniel Ricciardo were also in the top five.
13:36 The two senior drivers of Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen will be on the penultimate row come Sunday, with Pierre Gasly and Brendon Hartley rounding out the grid for Toro Rosso.
13:34 Even at this early part of the weekend, we already know of five drivers who will start from the back with engine penalties. Fernando Alonso will start in P16, with the four Red Bull cars behind.
13:30 Hello and welcome to our coverage of the second practice session in Sochi. The green light will come on in thirty minutes.
12:30 And there is the checkered flag! It's Ferrari who draw first blood in Sochi with Vettel narrowly quicker than Verstappen. The two Mercs follow with Ricciardo down in P5, but he has more car woes after a fire earlier. Join us again in two hours for FP2.
12:25 Collecting long run data appears to be the final order for many in this FP1 session. Five minutes to go...
12:21 Late issues for Hulkenberg and Renault. "We have a problem with the car, we need to box this lap please," he is told.
12:18 Raikkonen moves up a further place to P7, but plenty are struggling with rear grip as we head into the final 10 minutes of the first practice session.
12:12 Raikkonen moves slowly up to P8 with some new ultrasoft tyres on his Ferrari. His Sauber team-mate next season, Giovinazzi, is up to P10 after his latest effort.
12:05 Verstappen stays in second but improves to within 0.050s of Vettel's best. Improvement from Bottas, too, on the soft tyres, but he stays P4.
12:01 Hello Ferrari, we have been expecting you. Vettel, on a hot lap with the hypersofts strapped on, goes quickest by four tenths - a 1:34.488s the new benchmark.
11:50 A little bit of movement on the leaderboard as Magnussen leapfrogs Grosjean up to P6 and Norris pops the McLaren inside the top 10.
11:45 It could be session over already for Ricciardo as part of his RB14 caught fire back in the garage. This guy simply cannot catch a break, can he?
11:41 Plenty of tweaking going on back in the garages as drivers come in to change their first set of tyres. Raikkonen appears to be a little out of sync as he is 1.9 seconds down on the pace.
11:37 Verstappen, on the hypersofts, goes quickest of all through the tight and technical last sector to post a new benchmark: a 1:34.960.
11:35 Verstappen sandwiches himself between the two Mercs, as does Ricciardo. Red Bull have clearly had their Weetabix this morning.
11:31 With an hour left in the session, Mercedes have emerged as new pace-setters with Hamilton posted 1:35.326, two tenths in front of Bottas.
11:27 A close shave for Norris as he comes very close to tapping the wall at Turn 4. Meanwhile, plenty of movement back at the top with Hamilton, Verstappen and Ricciardo all trading P1 between them.
11:25 Improvement from Bottas as he narrows the gap to Ricciardo to 0.071 seconds.
11:23 Now Ricciardo pops to the top with a 1:36.600, three tenths quicker than team-mate Verstappen in P2. Hamilton and Bottas slot into P4 and P5 respectively.
11:20 The first of the big guns has got a lap on the board and it's Kimi Raikkonen with a 1:37.063.
11:15 Confirmation from the FIA that there are new engines, turbos, MGU-H and MGU-K for Verstappen, Ricciardo, Gasly, Hartley and Alonso. Also new energy stores for Verstappen and Alonso, and control electronics for them as well as Hartley. In other words: back of the grid you go.
11:13 Still plenty of install laps going on out there. We have seen every car bar the two Mercs who always play it cool in the early stages.
11:07 Vandoorne is the first driver to put a time on the board: it's a 1:40.121s.
11:02 Norris is one of four driver changes in FP1, with Giovinazzi in for Ericsson at Sauber, home favourite Markelov in for Sainz at Renault and Latifi in for Perez at Force India.
11:00 Green light! FP1 is underway. Lando Norris, getting more experience ahead of his 2019 drive with McLaren, leads the cars out on track. Fernando Alonso the man to drop out for this session.
10:55 Red Bull duo Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo are set to join them as they revert to Spec-B Renault engines. McLaren are also expected to fall back, too. Confirmation from the FIA will follow shortly.
10:50 Focusing back on the here and now...there are some grid penalties on the way for some. Both Toro Rosso drivers are set to go to the back of the grid after fitting new Honda Spec-3 engines.
10:45 There was also some more 2019 movement earlier in the week, with Antonio Giovinazzi joining Kimi Raikkonen at Sauber next season. Marcus Ericsson has been demoted to third driver.
10:40 Some breaking news from the paddock in Russia this morning...Haas have retained Kevin Magnussen and Romain Grosjean for the 2019 season. Did they not get the memo for this being the silliest silly season of them all?
10:30 Hello and welcome to Sochi, home of the Russian Grand Prix. It's round 16 of 21 in the 2018 World Championship, and Ferrari have got some catching up to do...
Driver Standings
#DriverTeamTimeGapPits
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:36.403 1:27:32.054 1
2 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:36.688 2.545 1
3 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:38.583 7.487 1
4 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1:38.671 16.543 1
5 Max Verstappen Red Bull 1:38.246 31.016 1
6 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull 1:39.395 80.451 1
7 Charles Leclerc Sauber 1:41.031 98.390 1
8 Kevin Magnussen Haas 1:38.015 1 LAP 1
9 Esteban Ocon Force India 1:38.366 1 LAP 1
10 Sergio Perez Force India 1:38.812 1 LAP 1
11 Romain Grosjean Haas 1:38.354 1 LAP 1
12 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1:39.108 1 LAP 1
13 Marcus Ericsson Sauber 1:38.955 1 LAP 2
14 Fernando Alonso McLaren 1:41.112 1 LAP 1
15 Lance Stroll Williams 1:40.842 1 LAP 1
16 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren 1:40.549 2 LAPS 1
17 Carlos Sainz Renault 1:45.229 2 LAPS 1
18 Sergey Sirotkin Williams 1:44.037 2 LAPS 1
R Pierre Gasly Toro Rosso RETIRED 49 LAPS 1
R Brendon Hartley Toro Rosso RETIRED 49 LAPS 2
Driver Standings
#DriverTeamTimeGapPits
1 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:31.387 - 4
2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:31.532 0.145 5
3 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:31.943 0.556 4
4 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1:32.237 0.850 5
5 Kevin Magnussen Haas 1:33.181 1.794 5
6 Esteban Ocon Force India 1:33.413 2.026 5
7 Charles Leclerc Sauber 1:33.419 2.032 5
8 Sergio Perez Force India 1:33.563 2.176 5
9 Romain Grosjean Haas 1:33.704 2.317 5
10 Marcus Ericsson Sauber 1:35.196 3.809 5
Driver Standings
#DriverTeamTimeGapPits
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:32.595 - 3
2 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:32.744 0.149 3
3 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:33.045 0.450 3
4 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1:33.065 0.470 3
5 Charles Leclerc Sauber 1:33.488 0.893 3
6 Romain Grosjean Haas 1:33.517 0.922 3
7 Esteban Ocon Force India 1:33.596 1.001 3
8 Kevin Magnussen Haas 1:33.747 1.152 3
9 Sergio Perez Force India 1:33.923 1.328 3
10 Marcus Ericsson Sauber 1:33.995 1.400 4
11 Max Verstappen Red Bull 1
12 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull 1
13 Pierre Gasly Toro Rosso 2
14 Carlos Sainz Renault 2
15 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 2
Driver Standings
#DriverTeamTimeGapPits
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:32.410 - 1
2 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:32.964 0.554 1
3 Max Verstappen Red Bull 1:33.048 0.638 1
4 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull 1:33.247 0.837 1
5 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1:33.341 0.931 1
6 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:33.476 1.066 1
7 Charles Leclerc Sauber 1:33.924 1.514 2
8 Romain Grosjean Haas 1:34.022 1.612 2
9 Kevin Magnussen Haas 1:34.078 1.668 1
10 Sergio Perez Force India 1:34.084 1.674 1
11 Marcus Ericsson Sauber 1:34.170 1.760 2
12 Esteban Ocon Force India 1:34.290 1.880 1
13 Pierre Gasly Toro Rosso 1:34.383 1.973 2
14 Carlos Sainz Renault 1:34.626 2.216 2
15 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1:34.655 2.245 2
16 Brendon Hartley Toro Rosso 1:35.037 2.627 2
17 Fernando Alonso McLaren 1:35.504 3.094 2
18 Sergey Sirotkin Williams 1:35.612 3.202 2
19 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren 1:35.977 3.567 2
20 Lance Stroll Williams 1:36.437 4.027 2
Driver Standings
#DriverTeamTimeGapPits
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:33.067 - 3
2 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:33.321 0.254 5
3 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:33.667 0.600 4
4 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1:33.688 0.621 3
5 Max Verstappen Red Bull 1:33.937 0.870 5
6 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull 1:34.394 1.327 4
7 Charles Leclerc Sauber 1:34.628 1.561 4
8 Esteban Ocon Force India 1:34.809 1.742 3
9 Kevin Magnussen Haas 1:34.820 1.753 3
10 Sergio Perez Force India 1:34.916 1.849 3
11 Carlos Sainz Renault 1:34.988 1.921 3
12 Pierre Gasly Toro Rosso 1:35.125 2.058 5
13 Romain Grosjean Haas 1:35.185 2.118 3
14 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1:35.213 2.146 3
15 Marcus Ericsson Sauber 1:35.370 2.303 4
16 Brendon Hartley Toro Rosso 1:36.033 2.966 4
17 Sergey Sirotkin Williams 1:36.071 3.004 3
18 Lance Stroll Williams 1:36.274 3.207 3
19 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren 1:36.597 3.530 4
20 Fernando Alonso McLaren 1:36.992 3.925 4
Driver Standings
#DriverTeamTimeGapPits
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:33.385 - 5
2 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:33.584 0.199 5
3 Max Verstappen Red Bull 1:33.827 0.442 5
4 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull 1:33.844 0.459 4
5 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:33.928 0.543 6
6 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1:34.388 1.003 6
7 Sergio Perez Force India 1:35.122 1.737 5
8 Pierre Gasly Toro Rosso 1:35.137 1.752 5
9 Esteban Ocon Force India 1:35.147 1.762 4
10 Marcus Ericsson Sauber 1:35.295 1.91 4
11 Kevin Magnussen Haas 1:35.331 1.946 4
12 Carlos Sainz Renault 1:35.341 1.956 5
13 Charles Leclerc Sauber 1:35.432 2.047 4
14 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1:35.568 2.183 4
15 Romain Grosjean Haas 1:35.911 2.526 4
16 Brendon Hartley Toro Rosso 1:36.024 2.639 5
17 Fernando Alonso McLaren 1:36.074 2.689 7
18 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren 1:36.617 3.232 6
19 Sergey Sirotkin Williams 1:36.861 3.476 5
20 Lance Stroll Williams 1:37.001 3.616 5
Driver Standings
#DriverTeamTimeGapPits
1 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:34.488 - 6
2 Max Verstappen Red Bull 1:34.538 0.050 5
3 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:34.818 0.330 3
4 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:34.999 0.511 3
5 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull 1:35.524 1.036 3
6 Esteban Ocon Force India 1:35.663 1.175 4
7 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1:35.696 1.208 6
8 Kevin Magnussen Haas 1:36.196 1.708 4
9 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1:36.274 1.786 5
10 Antonio Giovinazzi Haas 1:36.712 2.224 3
11 Romain Grosjean Haas 1:36.816 2.328 4
12 Pierre Gasly Toro Rosso 1:36.944 2.456 4
13 Lando Norris McLaren 1:37.022 2.534 7
14 Charles Leclerc Sauber 1:37.054 2.566 3
15 Artem Markelov Renault 1:37.183 2.695 5
16 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren 1:37.187 2.699 5
17 Nicholas Latifi Force India 1:37.206 2.718 4
18 Sergey Sirotkin Williams 1:37.225 2.737 6
19 Brendon Hartley Toro Rosso 1:37.944 3.456 5
20 Lance Stroll Williams 1:39.137 4.649 6
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