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2014-10-10 14:28

CHASING ANOTHER WIN: Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton topped the timesheets with the fastest lap during the second practice session ahead of the 2014 Russian GP. Image: AFP / Dimitar Dilkoff

SOCHI, Russia - Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton set the fastest lap during the second free practice session of the inaugural Russian Grand Prix on Friday with a time of 1min39.630.

Mercedes' Nico Rosberg set a best time of 1min42.311 seconds during the first practice session around the Sochi circuit, which snakes past some of the landmark venues used at the 2014 Winter Olympics, in a sunny morning session with Hamilton second.


Hamilton, who leads Rosberg by 10 points after winning the last three races, went top of the timesheets in an interrupted afternoon session with a best of 1min39.630.

The red flag came out eight minutes from the end when Australian Daniel Ricciardo's Red Bull halted with a power unit failure.

Mercedes are expected to wrap up the constructors' championship on Sunday with three races to spare, having won 12 of the 15 so far with eight one-two finishes.

Hamilton, the 2008 champion, is chasing his ninth win of the season.

Ferrari's Fernando Alonso was the first driver out of the pit lane when the green light came on, leading Force India's Nico Hulkenberg.

McLaren's Jenson Button was the early pacesetter as drivers got to grips with a layout compared to the former Valencia street circuit and Singapore, with the 2009 champion ending the morning as the third fastest.

He also collected two fines the equivalent of  R15 475 for pitslane speeding and was sixth fastest in the second session.

Alonso was fourth and third in the two sessions, with Danish rookie Kevin Magnussen, Button's team mate, fifth and then second in the afternoon.

The only Russian regular, Toro Rosso rookie Daniil Kvyat, followed up seventh in the morning with eighth after lunch.

That was still ahead of both Red Bulls, his 2015 employers, with four-times champion Sebastian Vettel ninth after reporting a loss of power on the straight and Ricciardo 13th.

All drivers took to the track with stickers of support for Jules Bianchi, Marussia's French driver who was severely injured in a crash in Japan last Sunday and remains in critical condition.

Marussia announced before the session that they would have only one car running this weekend, with Bianchi's assembled and left in the garage as a mark of respect.

2nd Free Practice Session from the Russian GP

1 Lewis Hamilton (Britain) Mercedes 1min39.630
2 Kevin Magnussen (Denmark) McLaren 1min40.494
3 Fernando Alonso (Spain) Ferrari 1min40.504
4 Nico Rosberg (Germany) Mercedes 1min40.542
5 Valtteri Bottas (Finland) Williams1min40.573
6 Jenson Button (Britain) McLaren 1min40.718
7 Felipe Massa (Brazil) Williams 1min40.731
8 Daniil Kvyat (Russia) Toro Rosso 1min41.108
9 Sebastian Vettel (Germany) Red Bull 1min41.396
10 Jean-Eric Vergne (France) Toro Rosso 1min41.531
11 Kimi Raikkonen (Finland) Ferrari 1min41.630
12 Nico Huelkenberg (Germany) Force India 1min41.677
13 Daniel Ricciardo (Australia) Red Bull 1min42.061
14 Sergio Perez (Mexico) Force India 1min42.090
15 Adrian Sutil (Germany) Sauber 1min42.233
16 Romain Grosjean (France) Lotus 1min42.892
17 Pastor Maldonado (Venezuela) Lotus 1min42.905
18 Esteban Gutierrez (Mexico) Sauber 1min43.055
19 Marcus Ericsson (Sweden) Caterham 1min44.135
20 Max Chilton (Britain) Marussia 1min44.530
21 Kamui Kobayashi (Japan) Caterham 1min44.952

First free practice session

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