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29 Sep 14:49 Bottas bags second, Leclerc in P3, Verstappen P4, Albon P5, Sainz P6, Perez P7, Norris P8.
29 Sep 14:47 Lewis Hamilton wins the Russian Grand Prix!
29 Sep 14:46 Final lap. 1-2 finish in the bag for Mercedes.
29 Sep 14:44 Leclerc asked if he can cool down next Lap to try and get that extra point for fastest lap.
29 Sep 14:40 We are on Lap 49/53.
29 Sep 14:39 Hamilton old Verstappen will get a free stop for fastest lap and told not to challenge.
29 Sep 14:39 Leclerc not giving up on getting pass Bottas.
29 Sep 14:38 Albon should be on the list for Driver of the Day for starting in the pits and moving up to P6.
29 Sep 14:30 Wow, Albon takes P6 from Magnussen.
29 Sep 14:27 Hamilton told to keep the current pace.
29 Sep 14:26 Hamilton told: "Strat 7" as Bottas is under some pressure from Leclerc.
29 Sep 14:23 Hamilton leads by 3.2sconds with 15 laps to go.
29 Sep 14:21 Toro Rosso boys almost wiped each other out. 
29 Sep 14:18 Hamilton sets the fastest lap. Bottas fends off Leclerc!
29 Sep 14:18 Leclerc's straight-line speed is incredible in that Ferrari, but it's not enough to catch Hamilton.
29 Sep 14:13 We race again in Lap 33 of 53. Leclerc poised to strike.
29 Sep 14:08 Leclerc pits for same tyre as Hamilton, his just fresher.
29 Sep 14:05 Safety car now out.
29 Sep 14:04 Russell goes into the barrier after he had just pitted. Seems like he lost his brakes.
29 Sep 14:04 Safety car out. Vettel is in anguish. So unfair after his great start.
29 Sep 14:01 Vettel is out!!!
29 Sep 14:00 Ferrari showing exactly who is boss.
29 Sep 13:59 Leclerc ahead of Vettel.
29 Sep 13:58 Vettel told to box.
29 Sep 13:58 Vettel still in the lead, no pit.
29 Sep 13:58 Looks like Ricciardo is retiring.
29 Sep 13:55 Perez in pits.
29 Sep 13:55 Doesn't look like Vettel is coming in but Vettel makes the call.
29 Sep 13:52 Leclerc coming in to pit. 
29 Sep 13:48 Albon has brake issues.
29 Sep 13:47 Hulkenburg out of the pits.
FINISH Well, after such hope for Ferrari early on today, order was quickly restored and Mercedes took their sixth consecutive win here in Sochi. The Silver Arrows can secure the constructors' championship next time out in Japan, but with Ferrari still looking like the quickest car and Red Bull expecting big things there, it's by no means a guarantee. Our coverage there will begin on Friday the 11th for FP1 and carry on all weekend through to the race. Thanks for joining us today and see you there!
FINISH The full finishing order today: P1 Hamilton, P2 Bottas, P3 Leclerc, P4 Verstappen, P5 Albon, P6 Sainz, P7 Perez, P8 Norris, P9 Magnussen, P10 Hulkenberg, P11 Stroll, P12 Kvyat, P13 Raikkonen, P14 Gasly, P15 Giovinazzi. Retired: Kubica, Russell, Vettel, Ricciardo, Grosjean.
FINISH Sergio Perez put in a typically strong performance to take P7 in front of Lando Norris who moved ahead of Kevin Magnussen due to the latter's time penalty. The Dane managed to up his pace enough to finish P9 though and stay ahead of Nico Hulkenberg.
FINISH It was a solid race for Red Bull, who end up taking P4 and P5 comfortably, while Carlos Sainz takes yet another brilliant haul of points, finishing P6.
FINISH Valtteri Bottas holds off Charles Leclerc to make it a Mercedes 1-2, while the Monegasque will be disappointed with the bottom step of the podium.
FINISH Lewis Hamilton wins the Russian Grand Prix!
Lap 53 Final lap...
Lap 53 Magnussen meanwhile has increased his pace enough to open up a five-second gap to Stroll, meaning he'll take a precious point as is stands.
Lap 52 Leclerc, sounding rather frustrated on the radio, asks what the fastest lap, saying he fancies it. Hamilton currently has it, although Verstappen has a free pit behind him to Albon and may well come in for fresh tyres and take it.
Lap 49 He does it, passing the Spaniard down the inside of Turn 4.
Lap 48 Albon is pushing Sainz for P5. He's currently less than half a second behind.
Lap 47 Kevin Magnussen has a five-second time penalty for leaving the track. That will put him out of the points, a real blow for Haas.
Lap 46 Leclerc has backed off a bit and looks to be settling for P3.
Lap 44 Magnussen goes wide at Turn 2 and loses P7 to Sergio Perez.
Lap 43 Albon passes Magnussen to take P6! A great recovery drive from the Thai driver today.
Lap 41 Further back, Albon is trying to pass Magnussen for P6 and Hulkenberg is trying to do the same to take P9 from Norris.
Lap 41 Leclerc just can't get close enough to the back of Bottas to make a move.
Lap 38 As Leclerc is still stuck behind Bottas, Hamilton goes purple and opens up his lead to over three seconds.
Lap 37 Gasly just flew off track at Turn 1 trying to pass Kvyat and loses out to Raikkonen.
Lap 35 Leclerc just can't find a way past Bottas, allowing Hamilton to pull away from both.
Lap 34 Albon has made up two positions since the restart and is in P8.
Lap 33 Hamilton catches Bottas out and opens up his lead, while Leclerc is all over the Finn.
Lap 32 Safety Car coming in...
Lap 32 This Safety Car has worked out beautifully for Kevin Magnussen, who is up to P6.
Lap 32 Kubica makes it five retirements.
Lap 31 Leclerc pits! Given he was on older and slower tyres, Ferrari had to do that. He comes out in P3.
Lap 31 Vettel on the radio: "Bring back the f***ing V12's." Undoubtedly the quote of the weekend.
Lap 30 Russell has gone into the tyre barrier at Turn 8 and is out, bringing out the full Safety Car.
Lap 29 The VSC is out and the field, including Mercedes, take advantage to pit. Hamilton, therefore, comes out ahead of Leclerc and takes the lead. That Vettel DNF was a disaster for Ferrari in more ways than one.
Lap 28 Sebastian Vettel is out! The German reports a MGU-K issue on the radio and pulls over soon after. That's a huge blow for himself, Ferrari and the race as a whole.
Lap 27 On the bright side, Ferrari can now focus solely on making sure both cars beat Hamilton.
Lap 27 Vettel pits for mediums and comes out just behind Leclerc! The German won't be happy, but Ferrari and Leclerc will be.
Lap 26 The longer Vettel stays out, the more chance he has of losing out to Leclerc and Hamilton...
Lap 26 Ricciardo pits to become our second DNF of the day due to damage picked up on Lap 1.
Lap 25 Leclerc has gone a second quicker than Vettel and taken fastest lap. It's starting to look like this could be Singapore in reverse.
Lap 25 Albon squeezes past Gasly at last with an excellent move. Something tells me that one's a bit personal...
Lap 24 Vettel reports that his rears are falling away.
Lap 23 Leclerc pits! The Monegasque puts on medium tyres and comes out in P4. Will he be pulling off the undercut and giving Vettel a dose of his own medicine?
Lap 22 Sainz the next to pit. He also opts for mediums and comes out comfortably ahead of his team-mate.
Lap 21 Lando Norris pits for medium tyres and comes out in P13.
Lap 20 Hamilton is told they're aiming to do another 15 laps on the medium tyre. They'll be one-stopping and going onto softs at the end, then.
Lap 18 Verstappen passes Sainz and is now in P5, where he'll probably finish, given the near 20-second gap to Bottas ahead.
Lap 17 Hulkenberg the first of the top ten to pit, going on to the medium tyre. The German was running in P8 but had a more stop and may lose out.
Lap 17 Vettel quickly takes it back. Leclerc just can't match the two more experienced heads at the moment.
Lap 15 Hamilton has just set the fastest lap of the race to move within less than three seconds of Leclerc.
Lap 14 Leclerc simply can't match Vettel at the moment and is 3.4 seconds behind now. Hamilton is also catching ever so slightly.
Lap 14 Alex Albon though is struggling and is stuck down in P14 behind Kvyat and Gasly.
Lap 12 Verstappen passes Norris to move up to P6. Meanwhile, Raikkonen has served a drive-through penalty.
Lap 11 Vettel has opened the gap up to over two seconds.
Lap 10 The Italian team are right; Hamilton is lapping quicker than Leclerc and is around three seconds behind.
Lap 10 Leclerc is told that they'll try the swap later as Hamilton is getting a bit closer.
Lap 9 Ferrari now see that Vettel is quicker and tell him to keep his head down. Good call.
Lap 9 Vettel continues to pull away and goes purple in the process. If Leclerc wants the lead handed to him, he needs to keep up.
Lap 8 Verstappen passes Perez at the inside of Turn to move up into P7.
Lap 8 It seems incredibly harsh on Vettel to make him yield to Leclerc, especially considering he seems the quicker Ferrari at the moment. Leclerc tells his engineer that he gave Vettel the position and expects it back. Hmm.
Lap 7 Bottas passes Sainz for P4.
Lap 7 Leclerc's engineer reports that Vettel will let him past in the next lap, while Vettel asks that they break away for a few more laps first. I'm on Seb's side here.
Lap 5 Vettel and Leclerc are beginning to pull away from Hamilton, with the German leading by just over a second.
Lap 4 Everyone gets away cleanly as Norris puts pressure on Bottas.
Lap 3 Safety Car coming in...
Lap 4 Ferrari tell Leclerc they're looking at the "swap" later on in the race.
Lap 3 Verstappen gained one place at the start and is running in P8.
Lap 3 Replays show Raikkonen jump-started at green lights, so he'll be getting a penalty.
Lap 2 Carlos Sainz had a great start and got ahead of Bottas, so he's running in P4 under the Safety Car.
Lap 2 We have our first DNF and Safety Car already, courtesy of Romain Grosjean who was shunted from behind by Daniel Ricciardo who has a puncture and will have to pit.
Lap 1 And we're off! Leclerc gets away well, but not nearly as well as his team-mate! Vettel launches off the line and eases past Hamilton at Turn 1 before using the tow to pass Leclerc down the inside of Turn 2!
14:11 The cars are away on their formation lap. Get ready folks - we're about to begin.
14:02 The track temperature is a toasty 35'C at the moment, which could benefit Mercedes and their medium tyres.
14:01 Verstappen: "Yeah, of course, the faster we pass the midfield the better, and from there onwards we just have to do our own race and see where we are in comparison to Ferrari and Mercedes."
13:54 The drivers are making their way to the front of the grid for the national anthem.
13:51 Steiner: "Romain put himself in a good position, and the car seemed to be strong on the long runs, so if it's not too hot, we can stay in the points today."
13:49 Horner: "We need a good start. You can overtake here on the two DRS straights so we need to try and get on the back of the Ferraris and Mercedes as quick as we can."
13:46 With just under half an hour until lights out, the teams are starting to fill up the grid and the cars have made their way around.
13:40 With such a long run to Turn 2 here, there's always a lot of action at the start. The tow is so powerful in fact that many, including Leclerc himself, believe it's actually better to start P2 or P3 than on pole.
13:31 The race may well be won and lost in strategy today. Mercedes have gambled and opted to start on the slower but more durable medium tyre, while everyone else will begin on the soft. Ferrari don't understand why Mercedes have done so, while the German team are confident they've made the right call.
13:22 It looks as though the rain will be staying well away today, with things looking warm, sunny and dry. The temperature is currently 21'C.
13:16 The full grid for today's race: P1 Leclerc, P2 Hamilton, P3 Vettel, P4 Bottas, P5 Sainz, P6 Hulkenberg, P7 Norris, P8 Grosjean, P9 Verstappen, P10 Ricciardo, P11 Perez, P12 Giovinazzi, P13 Magnussen, P14 Stroll, P15 Raikkonen, P16 Gasly, P17 Russell, P18 Kubica, P19 Kvyat, P20 Albon (pit-lane).
13:13 The two top teams will be relieved that there's no Red Bull around to breath down their neck at the start. Verstappen qualified P4 but starts in P9 due to a grid penalty, while Albon crashed in Q1 and starts from the pit-lane. In their absence, Carlos Sainz starts in P5 just ahead of Nico Hulkenberg and Lando Norris, with Romain Grosjean and Daniel Ricciardo completing the top ten.
13:07 With the impressive record of both themselves and their drivers here though, don't count out Mercedes. They may have looked way off Ferrari all weekend, but at the crucial moment yesterday, Hamilton managed to go quicker than Sebastian Vettel and therefore splits the Ferraris on the grid. With Sochi specialist Bottas starting in P4 too, and the Mercedes race pace generally being stronger, Ferrari will have a fight on their hands today.
13:00 How the tables have turned in the second half of the 2019 season. Where before we were asking if a non-Mercedes car could even win a race, we're now asking if anyone is capable of stopping Ferrari. The Prancing Horse look well placed to take their fourth consecutive win after Leclerc made it four poles from four races yesterday.
08:00 Good morning and welcome back to the Sochi Autodrom for the Russian GP, round 16 of the 2019 F1 World Championship. All times are local and today's grand prix begins at 14:10pm.
16:28 Well, there's a lot to look forward to tomorrow. Ferrari vs Mercedes is sure to excite - the Silver Arrows have always had the best race pace this season, can Ferrari hold them off again? Will Verstappen be able to make his way through the midfield to join the fight? And which drivers will have to suffer those painfully awkward minutes with Vladimir Putin post-race? Join us here at 13:00 local time for all the build-up to a 14:10 race start. Cheers!
16:20 The full grid tomorrow, with penalties applied: P1 Leclerc, P2 Hamilton, P3 Vettel, P4 Bottas, P5 Sainz, P6 Hulkenberg, P7 Norris, P8 Grosjean, P9 Verstappen, P10 Ricciardo, P11 Perez, P12 Giovinazzi, P13 Magnussen, P14 Stroll, P15 Raikkonen, P16 Gasly, P17 Russell, P18 Kubica, P19 Albon, P20 Kvyat.
16:14 Sainz starts as the best of the rest tomorrow having gone ever so slightly quicker than Hulkenberg and his team-mate Norris.
16:12 Once again though, it's Charles Leclerc who reigns supreme, comfortably taking his fourth consecutive pole and his sixth of the season!
16:09 Lewis Hamilton drives an excellent final sector to take P2 from Vettel by the smallest of margins! Verstappen too improves and takes P4 from Bottas.
16:08 Vettel can't improve, and just to rub salt in the wounds, Leclerc does, clocking a 1:31.628!
16:06 Vettel will be the first over the line...
16:04 Everyone heading out for their final laps now. Can Leclerc hold on to take his fourth consecutive pole?
16:02 Hulkenberg is the best of the rest after the first runs, half a second clear of Norris.
16:01 Verstappen has a scruffy end to his lap to go into P5, a tenth slower than Bottas.
16:00 Leclerc takes provisional pole with a 1:31.801, three tenths clear of Vettel and five quicker than Hamilton.
15:59 Norris does 1:34.108, two tenths quicker than Ricciardo.
15:56 It's crunch time in Sochi, as the cars head out of the pits and on to the track out for Q3.
15:49 As predicted, Haas, Renault and McLaren are the teams to join the big three in Q3. Out are Gasly, Perez, Giovinazzi, Magnussen and Stroll. Leclerc topped the session.
15:48 Ricciardo and Hulkenberg scrape into the top ten, going P9 and P10 with their final laps.
15:47 Grosjean goes green to move up to P6.
15:46 The Candian can't improve and is out.
15:45 Stroll the first man out on the second and final round of runs.
15:43 There are currently five drivers on a 1:33.9. Wow.
15:42 In the drop zone after the first runs are Magnussen, Grosjean, Stroll, Ricciardo and Giovinazzi.
15:39 Just two tenths between P6 and P13. This is going to be a close fight for the lower Q3 spots.
15:37 Leclerc is considerably quicker, doing a 1:32.434 before Vettel joins Verstappen on 1:33 dead.
15:36 Both Mercedes boys go into the low 1:33s, as does Verstappen, who beats them both narrowly to go top.
15:34 Q2 is underway, with Bottas the first man out.
15:30 So, the drivers out in Q1: Raikkonen, Russel, Kubica, Albon, Kvyat.
15:27 The Frenchman improves to get himself into Q2, while Giovinazzi also goes quicker, knocking Raikkonen into P16 and out of qualifying.
15:26 Gasly is currently the driver occupying P16, just behind Giovinazzi.
15:23 Vettel does a 1:33.032 to go top. Never in doubt.
15:20 The session is back underway.
15:19 Assuming the Williams cars will miss out too, there's really only one remaining place in the drop zone. Gasly, the Racing Points and the Alfa Romeos will be the ones in danger of falling into it.
15:14 He'll now be starting from the back of the grid alongside Kvyat. This red flag has caused problems for Sebastian Vettel, who has yet to manage a clean lap and is in P19. With over six minutes left at the restart, he should be okay, but he may have to use soft tyres.
15:12 Alex Albon crashes! The Thai driver hurtles into the barriers in Turn 13 and destroys the back of his car, ending his session and bringing out a red flag.
15:10 Hamilton goes top with a 1:33.230 on the soft tyre, just ahead of Max Verstappen.
15:09 Our first yellow flag comes from a lock-up by Kubica, but the Pole heads into the run-off area and comes out unscathed.
15:07 Times flying in now, and Magnussen is currently top of the midfield in P2, ahead of the McLarens and his team-mate.
15:05 Leclerc manages a clean lap and does a 1:33.613.
15:04 George Russell sets the first time of the day, a 1:36.201 before Vettel makes a mistake on his first lap and has to abort.
15:01 Ferrari are heading out on the slower, medium tyre, hoping to progress and save their softer tyres for later.
15:00 We have green lights and Q1 has begun.
14:55 In terms of the midfield battle, Renault, McLaren and Haas look to be at the front of the pack, with the American team, in particular, impressing in FP3.
14:51 There had been talk of a wet qualifying session, but it looks like that won't be the case. It's currently warm and sunny in Sochi with temperatures of 20'C.
14:47 The Red Bull boys are not the only ones with penalties, as both Toro Rosso (soon to be AlphaTauri?) are also running new engines. Gasly too has a five-place penalty, while Kvyat will be starting from the back of the grid.
14:44 Red Bull meanwhile, will be nowhere near the front row, despite showing good pace this weekend. Both Verstappen and Albon will take five-place grid penalties as a result of engine changes.
14:40 You can never write off Mercedes though, and the German team showed signs in FP3 that they're starting to get their act together. If they can nail their setup and temperatures, they'll be in the mix for pole without a doubt.
14:35 It'd take a brave man to bet against Charles Leclerc taking his fourth consecutive pole position today. Ferrari undoubtedly seem to be the quickest team here, and the Monegasque has had the beating of team-mate Vettel all weekend.
13:30 Hello and welcome to Planet F1's live coverage of qualifying for the Russian Grand Prix. Q1 gets underway at 15:00 local time, with commentary starting 30 minutes before lights out.
13:05 That's that for FP3. Ferrari still look set to take pole, probably through Charles Leclerc who again has the beating of Vettel, but Mercedes do at least look a little closer to the Prancing Horse. Qualifying begins in an hours time. See you there.
13:01 Albon improves to go P7 right at the death, two tenths down on his team-mate.
12:58 The session is almost over, and Vettel has snatched P2 back from Hamilton just before the chequered flag comes down.
12:57 Max Verstappen has just briefly gone airborne, flying over a kerb, before spinning and clipping the wall a few turns later. He's back in the pits for repairs, but the damage only seems minor.
12:53 Scrap that, Haas might have something to say. Grosjean has just gone P6 and Magnussen P8, with the former just a tenth slower than Verstappen.
12:51 Much like in Singapore, Renault and McLaren look like they'll be the midfield teams to make it into Q3, with Norris just going P6 and Sainz P8.
12:49 Toro Rosso need to change Kvyat's engine and don't think the car will be ready for qualifying. A disappointment for the home crowd, but as said, he's starting from the back anyway, so they may as well take their time.
12:46 He can't hold it for long though, as Hamilton puts in a strong final sector to move onto the front row of the grid. Again though, it's way off Leclerc, who's just gone quicker again.
12:44 Vettel has improved to take back P2, but he's still struggling to match Leclerc, going four tenths slower.
12:39 20 minutes to go here.
12:37 Alex Albon seems to be struggling, currently languishing down in P14. Pierre Gasly meanwhile, is in P7.
12:34 Bottas has finally put in a quick lap to go P2, just over a tenth slower than Leclerc. Are Mercedes starting to sort themselves out?
12:31 Nico Hulkenberg had the upper hand on Daniel Ricciardo in Singapore and it looks to be the same story here. He's currently in P6, six tenths and four positions clear of the Aussie.
12:28 Bottas is just ahead of the Dutchman, while Hamilton is two tenths slower.
12:27 The VSC is over and Verstappen has just gone P4, less than a second slower than Leclerc on the medium tyres. It's a real shame he too has a grid penalty this weekend, as Red Bull are looking strong here.
12:23 Daniil Kvyat has an issue and has pulled over at the side of the track, bringing out a Virtual Safety Car. The Russian tells his team it's an engine problem. Due to penalties, he's starting last anyway, so no big deal.
12:20 Ferrari though, seem to be having no such issues, taking P1 and P2 with Leclerc ahead on a 1:34.147. Everybody currently running the soft tyre except George Russell.
12:18 Mercedes continue to struggle, with Bottas just losing control and going wide at the penultimate corner.
12:15 The former has just lost P1 to Lando Norris, who has set a 1:35.775. They're still the only two to do timed laps.
12:14 More news out today is that Toro Rosso are looking to change their name to AlphaTauri for next season, and their name isn't the only uncertainty, with them being one of the few teams yet to decide on their drivers yet. Effectively, they'll just get the leftovers from Red Bull, but will that be Albon or Gasly?
12:04 First time of the day is set by Alex Albon who does a 1:37.881.
12:00 FP3 is underway, and currently dry.
11:57 For now, though, they're stuck with that pesky Renault engine and are facing a fight to best of the rest this weekend, with their engine suppliers looking strong.
11:53 The big news this morning is of course that McLaren will be running Mercedes engines again from 2021. Zak Brown just spoke to Sky Sports - he seems pretty chipper, and who can blame him?
11:45 We look set to have some rain at some point during the upcoming session, with a 50% chance of a wet qualifying too.
11:40 If FP1 and FP2 are anything to go by, it's the two young stars, Charles Leclerc and Max Verstappen, that look poised to battle for pole. They've been the top two in both sessions, with Leclerc topping the first and Verstappen the latter.
11:35 FP3 gets underway in just half an hour. At a track they usually dominate, Mercedes have struggled thus far this weekend, being slower than Ferrari and Red Bull in both sessions. Can they turn it around today?
07:00 Good morning and welcome back to the Sochi Autodrom for Saturday's action at the Russian GP. First up we have final practice, noon local time, followed by qualifying at 3pm.
16:40 Well, so far Leclerc and Verstappen look in their own class out there, great news for Leclerc with that five-second penalty to come for Verstappen. But, it's expected to be rather wet tomorrow so the order could all change again. Join us for FP3 tomorrow, you won't want to miss it!
16:35 P11 Norris, P12 Kvyat, P13 Magnussen, P14 Ricciardo, P15 Raikkonen, P16 Grosjean, P17 Sainz, P18 Giovinazzi, P19 Russell and P20 Kubica round out the order.
16:30 The chequered flag is out. Verstappen tops the session ahead of Leclerc and Bottas. Hamilton, Vettel, Gasly, Perez, Hulkenberg, Stroll and Albon complete the top 10.
16:25 Albon is actually down in P17 right now. He's been trying to get a flying lap together but it just isn't working out. He does improve but only to P10.
16:19 Albon comes within inches of a major major crash with Hamilton. Somehow Albon on a cool down lap sees the oncoming Hamilton at the last second and moves out of his path.
16:17 Russell is calling those orange kerbs "woeful".
16:13 Norris gets a reminder to stay off the orange kerbs.
16:05 Gasly nearly slams into the back of Toro Rosso team-mate Kvyat as the Russian takes the first few corners out of the pit lane before lifting right off.
16:00 With the qualy sims pretty much done Verstappen is leading the way ahead of Leclerc and Bottas.
15:53 Bottas goes P3 0.776s slower than Verstappen. How did Mercedes get all these sandbags through customs?
15:50 Hamilton nearly a second slower than Verstappen on his flying lap. Sandbag alert.
15:48 Verstappen with a blistering 1:33.1 on his soft-tyre run. That Red Bull has speed!
15:44 Vettel finally gets the lap done but is 0.7s slower than Leclerc. The soft tyres seem to be dropping off quick around here.
15:40 Vettel was going for a flying lap himself but bails out thanks to the traffic.
15:39 Leclerc just showing off now - a 1:33.497 on the softs, but that final sector was scruffy.
15:36 Hamilton takes P3 from Verstappen by 0.001s. Talk about fine margins.
15:32 A good run that for Verstappen as he moves to within 0.25s of Leclerc.
15:27 Those hard tyres may not be much good now after a huge lock up for Bottas.
15:24 Hamilton up to P4. He is still running the mediums with Bottas on the hard compound.
15:21 Bottas goes off at Turn 1 and isn't sure which bollard to follow, so he just drives through them.
15:18 Vettel slots into P2, 0.158s down on his team-mate. Bottas is P3 but he is running the hard tyres. Hamilton is running the mediums.
15:13 A 1:34.148 from Leclerc sets the marker down for his rivals.
15:11 "Do not press recharge" "Ah I already pressed it, my bad". Lando Norris in a classic case of don't press that button.
15:08 Lando Norris is fastest in these early stages with a 1:36.1 on the medium tyres.
15:06 Bottas is having a new rear wing fitted after it failed during FP1.
15:00 The green light goes on to begin FP2. Rain is forecast for tomorrow, so expect this to be a busy session.
14:58 Robert Kubica was also given a penalty during the interval for taking the upgraded Mercedes PU and new components - he will start Sunday's race from the back.
14:54 Renault also had a repair job on their hands after Daniel Ricciardo went into the barriers at the end of FP1 and ruined his rear wing. He should be good to go for this session.
14:48 There were problems in FP1 for Daniil Kvyat after his Toro Rosso ground to a halt with an engine-related issue. They will hope to have his STR14 mended in time for the start of FP2 after saying there was "no damage" to the engine.
14:41 Mercedes were P4 and 5 with Valtteri Bottas ahead of Lewis Hamilton, but neither driver used the soft tyre in FP1. Expect them to bolt that on and step up the pace in FP2.
14:37 Charles Leclerc topped FP1 under a tenth clear of Red Bull's Max Verstappen, with Sebastian Vettel ending the session P3.
14:30 Hello and welcome back to Sochi for FP2 at the Russian GP. All times are local.
12:35 Well, Red Bull will be encouraged to see Verstappen up there with Ferrari, but due to his five-place grid drop it's all about how close Mercedes can get to the Scuderia when the softs go on. Join us for FP2 where we should see Mercedes crank it up a little.
12:33 Actually the action isn't over yet, Ricciardo has hit the wall at Turn 10. His rear wing is hanging off as he limps back to the pits.
12:32 Sainz, Gasly, Magnussen, Stroll, Raikkonen, Norris, Giovinazzi, Russell, Kvyat and Kubica complete the order.
12:30 A late DRS failure for Bottas but the chequered flag flies. Leclerc tops the opening session of the Russian GP weekend ahead of Verstappen and Ferrari team-mate Vettel. Bottas, Hamilton, Albon, Hulkenberg, Ricciardo, Perez and Grosjean complete the top ten.
12:26 Nice spin for Kubica. He is the only driver on the grid that has never driven around this circuit before, so he can be excused.
12:21 The action on track has cooled with 9 minutes to go.
12:11 Good work from Verstappen - he improves to P2 under a tenth shy of Leclerc.
12:07 Hamilton can't improve from P5 on his latest lap. Meanwhile Sainz waves the hand at Leclerc, something upset the Spaniard there.
12:03 Leclerc sets a 1:34.4 to go over 0.5s quicker than team-mate Vettel, and that was even without the final fastest sector.
12:01 Verstappen moves into P3 just over half a second down on Vettel. Soft tyres for both.
12:00 A 1:35.005 for Vettel who moves into P1. The Ferrari man is on the softs though while Bottas is running the medium compound.
11:58 Albon improves to P2, but Vettel is on a flyer here.
11:50 "It looks like it's something from the fuel system" says Toro Rosso principal Franz Tost regarding Kvyat's premature end to FP1.
11:49 We're into the second half of FP1. The top ten as it stands: P1 Hamilton, P2 Bottas, P3 Leclerc, P4 Vettel, P5 Hulkenberg, P6 Gasly, P7 Albon, P8 Saiz, P9 Ricciardo and P10 Grosjean.
11:42 Toro Rosso finally have Kvyat's STR14 back in the pit lane.
11:38 Antonio Giovinazzi goes for a spin, he recovers and gets going again.
11:35 That's better. A 1:36.031 on the soft rubber as Hamilton goes fastest.
11:34 Valtteri Bottas puts Mercedes on the board with a 1:36.1 while team-mate Lewis Hamilton goes off and complains of having "no brakes".
11:33 Leclerc improves to a 1:36.6 as Vettel goes just under a tenth slower for P2.
11:29 Leclerc is the first of the top runners to go for it. He's P1 with a 1:37.593. Perfect timing, setting that just in time before the VSC.
11:28 Kvyat has pulled up, "it's gone" he says, hopefully that's not the new engine. Virtual Safety Car is now active.
11:26 Now the times are ramping up a little. Daniel Ricciardo goes P1 with a 1:37.6. The softs are the tyre of choice for most out there.
11:23 Williams get themselves on the board as George Russell and Robert Kubica split the Racing Points.
11:14 Lance Stroll sets a 1:41.8 on the softs before SportPesa Racing Point team-mate Sergio Perez goes almost a second quicker. Expect those times to tumble.
11:11 Verstappen asked by Red Bull to avoid the kerbs as he goes for a flying lap before returning to the pits.
11:05 Just the usual installation laps going on at the start of FP1.
11:00 The green light goes on. Lando Norris is first out.
10:57 Just a few minutes to go now until FP1 gets underway.
10:51 It looks set to be a dry FP1 session, such sessions could be limited over the weekend.
10:46 Behind the battle at the top, the 'best of the rest' scrap between Renault and McLaren got physical in Singapore. FP1 will give us our first indication of which team, if either, has the edge this weekend.
10:40 For Red Bull Singapore didn't go to plan, and the Russian GP is already off to a bad start with Max Verstappen and Alex Albon both taking five-place grid penalties for new Internal Combustion Engines. Their FP1 focus may well be on race performance then, especially since they are very excited about this upgrade.
10:35 Ferrari will be chasing their fourth win in a row this weekend. It would be the first time since 2008 if they achieved this, and they will look to hit the ground running in FP1.
10:30 If ever there was a place for Mercedes to get back in the win column, it's here. Since the Russian GP joined the calendar in 2014, the Silver Arrows have won every race.
07:00 Welcome to the Sochi Autodrom, the venue for round 16 of the 2019 F1 Championship, the Russian GP. All times are local.
Driver Standings
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1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:38.277 1:33:38.992 1
2 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:37.234 3.829 1
3 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1:36.947 5.212 2
4 Max Verstappen Red Bull 1:37.702 14.210 1
5 Alex Albon Red Bull 1:37.309 38.348 1
6 Carlos Sainz McLaren 1:38.020 45.889 1
7 Sergio Perez Racing Point 1:38.482 48.728 1
8 Lando Norris McLaren 1:38.455 57.749 1
9 Kevin Magnussen Haas 1:38.130 58.779 1
10 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1:38.519 59.841 2
11 Lance Stroll Racing Point 1:38.611 60.821 1
12 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso 1:38.408 62.496 2
13 Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo Racing 1:39.109 68.910 2
14 Pierre Gasly Toro Rosso 1:39.108 70.076 1
15 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo Racing 1:39.097 73.346 2
R Sebastian Vettel Ferrari RETIRED 1
R Romain Grosjean Haas RETIRED 0
R Daniel Ricciardo Renault RETIRED 2
R George Russell Williams RETIRED 1
R Robert Kubica Williams RETIRED 3
Driver Standings
#DriverTeamTimeGapPits
1 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1:31.628 0
2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:32.030 0.402 0
3 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:32.053 0.425 0
4 Max Verstappen Red Bull 1:32.310 0.682 0
5 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:32.632 1.004 0
6 Carlos Sainz McLaren 1:33.222 1.594 0
7 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1:33.289 1.661 0
8 Lando Norris McLaren 1:33.301 1.673 0
9 Romain Grosjean Haas 1:33.517 1.889 0
10 Daniel Ricciardo Renault 1:33.661 2.033 0
Driver Standings
#DriverTeamTimeGapPits
1 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1:32.434 0
2 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:32.536 0.102 0
3 Max Verstappen Red Bull 1:32.634 0.200 0
4 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:33.134 0.700 0
5 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:33.281 0.847 0
6 Romain Grosjean Haas 1:33.643 1.209 0
7 Lando Norris McLaren 1:33.725 1.291 0
8 Carlos Sainz McLaren 1:33.807 1.373 0
9 Daniel Ricciardo Renault 1:33.862 1.428 0
10 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1:33.898 1.464 0
11 Pierre Gasly Toro Rosso 1:33.950 1.516 0
12 Sergio Perez Racing Point 1:33.958 1.524 0
13 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo Racing 1:34.037 1.603 0
14 Kevin Magnussen Haas 1:34.082 1.648 0
15 Lance Stroll Racing Point 1:34.233 1.799 0
Driver Standings
#DriverTeamTimeGapPits
1 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:33.032 0
2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:33.230 0.198 0
3 Max Verstappen Red Bull 1:33.368 0.336 0
4 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:33.413 0.381 0
5 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1:33.613 0.581 0
6 Kevin Magnussen Haas 1:33.889 0.857 0
7 Daniel Ricciardo Renault 1:34.138 1.106 0
8 Carlos Sainz McLaren 1:34.184 1.152 0
9 Lando Norris McLaren 1:34.201 1.169 0
10 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1:34.236 1.204 0
11 Romain Grosjean Haas 1:34.283 1.251 0
12 Lance Stroll Racing Point 1:34.287 1.255 0
13 Sergio Perez Racing Point 1:34.336 1.304 0
14 Pierre Gasly Toro Rosso 1:34.456 1.424 0
15 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo Racing 1:34.755 1.723 0
16 Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo Racing 1:34.840 1.808 0
17 George Russell Williams 1:35.356 2.324 0
18 Robert Kubica Williams 1:36.474 3.442 0
19 Alex Albon Red Bull 1:39.197 6.165 0
20 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso 0
Driver Standings
#DriverTeamTimeGapPits
1 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1:32.733 0
2 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:33.049 0.316 0
3 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:33.129 0.396 0
4 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:33.354 0.621 0
5 Max Verstappen Red Bull 1:34.227 1.494 0
6 Romain Grosjean Haas 1:34.308 1.575 0
7 Alex Albon Red Bull 1:34.371 1.638 0
8 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1:34.421 1.688 0
9 Lando Norris McLaren 1:34.527 1.794 0
10 Kevin Magnussen Haas 1:34.546 1.813 0
11 Pierre Gasly Toro Rosso 1:34.564 1.831 0
12 Daniel Ricciardo Renault 1:34.586 1.853 0
13 Carlos Sainz McLaren 1:34.607 1.874 0
14 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo Racing 1:34.766 2.033 0
15 Sergio Perez Racing Point 1:34.860 2.127 0
16 Lance Stroll Racing Point 1:34.898 2.165 0
17 Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo Racing 1:35.714 2.981 0
18 George Russell Williams 1:36.011 3.278 0
19 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso 1:36.081 3.348 0
20 Robert Kubica Williams 1:36.942 4.209 0
Driver Standings
#DriverTeamTimeGapPits
1 Max Verstappen Red Bull 1:33.162 0
2 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1:33.497 0.335 0
3 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:33.808 0.646 0
4 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:33.960 0.798 0
5 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:34.201 1.039 0
6 Pierre Gasly Toro Rosso 1:34.971 1.809 0
7 Sergio Perez Racing Point 1:34.998 1.836 0
8 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1:35.026 1.864 0
9 Lance Stroll Racing Point 1:35.176 2.014 0
10 Alex Albon Red Bull 1:35.216 2.054 0
11 Lando Norris McLaren 1:35.223 2.061 0
12 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso 1:35.337 2.175 0
13 Kevin Magnussen Haas 1:35.351 2.189 0
14 Daniel Ricciardo Renault 1:35.370 2.208 0
15 Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo Racing 1:35.374 2.212 0
16 Romain Grosjean Haas 1:35.593 2.431 0
17 Carlos Sainz McLaren 1:35.635 2.473 0
18 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo Racing 1:36.004 2.842 0
19 George Russell Williams 1:36.785 3.623 0
20 Robert Kubica Williams 1:37.838 4.676 0
Driver Standings
#DriverTeamTimeGapPits
1 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1:34.462 0
2 Max Verstappen Red Bull 1:34.544 0.082 0
3 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:35.005 0.543 0
4 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:35.198 0.736 0
5 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:35.411 0.949 0
6 Alex Albon Red Bull 1:35.484 1.022 0
7 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1:35.740 1.278 0
8 Daniel Ricciardo Renault 1:36.287 1.825 0
9 Sergio Perez Racing Point 1:36.321 1.859 0
10 Romain Grosjean Haas 1:36.516 2.054 0
11 Carlos Sainz McLaren 1:36.523 2.061 0
12 Pierre Gasly Toro Rosso 1:36.538 2.076 0
13 Kevin Magnussen Haas 1:36.596 2.134 0
14 Lance Stroll Racing Point 1:36.714 2.252 0
15 Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo Racing 1:36.770 2.308 0
16 Lando Norris McLaren 1:36.844 2.382 0
17 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo Racing 1:37.328 2.866 0
18 George Russell Williams 1:38.520 4.058 0
19 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso 1:38.550 4.088 0
20 Robert Kubica Williams 1:38.670 4.208 0
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