Sun. Nov 28th, 2021

Valtteri Bottas made a fast start to the Russian Grand Prix weekend by topping opening practice from Mercedes Formula 1 teammate Lewis Hamilton.

The Finn, a two-time Russian GP winner, produced a best lap of 1m34.427s to finish 0.211s clear of Hamilton in the first 60-minute practice session as Mercedes looks to maintain its unbeaten record in Sochi.

Mercedes has won every single race to be staged at Sochi since the former Winter Olympics venue joined the F1 calendar in 2014, while it is also the circuit where Bottas took both his first and most recent grand prix victory.

F1 Russian GP: Bottas fastest from Hamilton and Verstappen in opening practice
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Lewis Larkam24 Sep 2021

Bottas leads Hamilton in opening Russian GP practice
Valtteri Bottas made a fast start to the Russian Grand Prix weekend by topping opening practice from Mercedes Formula 1 teammate Lewis Hamilton.

The Finn, a two-time Russian GP winner, produced a best lap of 1m34.427s to finish 0.211s clear of Hamilton in the first 60-minute practice session as Mercedes looks to maintain its unbeaten record in Sochi.

Mercedes has won every single race to be staged at Sochi since the former Winter Olympics venue joined the F1 calendar in 2014, while it is also the circuit where Bottas took both his first and most recent grand prix victory.

Max Verstappen ended up just 0.016s behind his main rival Hamilton as the Red Bull driver wound up third-fastest.

Verstappen holds a five-point advantage over Hamilton in the championship standings but is carrying a three-place grid penalty into the weekend after being penalised for causing the race-ending collision with Hamilton at Monza.

Red Bull is yet to decide whether it will replace the Honda engine in Verstappen’s car in Russia, a move that would trigger an automatic grid penalty for exceeding the permitted power unit allocation for the season.

Charles Leclerc was fourth and over six-tenths off the pace as he debuted Ferrari’s upgraded power unit that will consign the Monegasque driver to a back-of-the-grid start for Sunday’s race.

Sebastian Vettel was fifth-fastest for Aston Martin, ahead of Pierre Gasly’s AlphaTauri and Carlos Sainz, who is continuing to run Ferrari’s older-spec engine this weekend.

McLaren’s Lando Norris finished eighth-quickest, while Sergio Perez and Fernando Alonso completed the rest of the top ten order for Red Bull and Alpine respectively.

After claiming a shock victory to end McLaren’s near-decade-long winning drought at the Italian Grand Prix last time out, Daniel Ricciardo was only 14th-fastest, behind the likes of Esteban Ocon, Lance Stroll and Antonio Giovinazzi.

Fresh from being confirmed as a Haas driver for 2022, home favourite Nikita Mazepin outpaced teammate Mick Schumacher as the rookie pairing once again rounded out the bottom of the timesheets.

2021 F1 RUSSIAN GRAND PRIX – FREE PRACTICE RESULTS

POSDRIVERNAT.TEAMTIME
1Valtteri BottasFINMercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team1m34.427s
2Lewis HamiltonGBRMercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team1m34.638s
3Max verstappenNEDRed Bull Racing1m34.654s
4Charles LeclercMONScuderia Ferrari Mission Winnow1m35.117s
5Sebastian VettelGERAston Martin Cognizant Formula One Team1m35.781s
6Pierre GaslyFRAScuderia AlphaTauri Honda1m35.794s
7Carlos SainzESPScuderia Ferrari Mission Winnow1m35.811s
8Lando NorrisGBRMcLaren F1 Team1m35.959s
9Sergio PerezMEXRed Bull Racing1m36.188s
10Fernando AlonsoCHIAlpine F1 Team1m36.225s
11Esteban OconFRAAlpine F1 Team1m36.236s
12Lance StrollCANAston Martin Cognizant Formula One Team1m36.522s
13Antonio GiovinazziGBRAlfa Romeo Racing Orlen1m36.795s
14Daniel RicciardoAUSMcLaren F1 Team1m36.877s
15Kimi RaikkonenFINAlfa Romeo Racing Orlen1m36.952s
16Yuki TsunodaJPNScuderia AlphaTauri Honda1m37.794s
17George RussellISRWilliams Racing1n38.013s
18Nicholas LatifiCANWilliams Racing1m38.155s
19Nikita MazepinRUSUralkali Haas F1 Team1m38.586s
20Mick SchumacherGERUralkali Haas F1 Team1m38.977s

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