Williams’ Felipe Massa has closed out Friday’s rain-affected second practice session for the Russian Grand Prix on top of the timesheets, two-tenths of a second ahead of Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel.

Just eight drivers posted timed laps in the session, with much of the field opting not to risk damaging their cars on the greasy track surface when the rest of the weekend is forecast to be dry.

Massa’s fastest time was over 16 seconds slower than Nico Hülkenberg’s session-topping effort in FP1, effectively rendering it an irrelevance to try and read anything into this afternoon’s lap times.

In what will prove to be an almost identical situation as was seen in Japan a fortnight ago, the lack of Friday practice running will make for a congested final practice session on Saturday afternoon where the teams will need to finalise car set-ups for both qualifying and the race in less than an hour of on-track time.

The final practice session at Sochi begins at 12:00 local time (GMT +3) on Saturday.


2015 Formula 1 Russian Grand Prix – Free Practice 2 Results
Pos Driver Team / Entry Time Gap Laps
1. Felipe Massa br Williams Martini Racing Mercedes FW37 2:00.458 6
2. Sebastian Vettel de Scuderia Ferrari SF15-T 2:00.659 + 0.201 8
3. Valtteri Bottas fi Williams Martini Racing Mercedes FW37 2:00.688 + 0.230 8
4. Max Verstappen nl Scuderia Toro Rosso Renault STR10 2:00.806 + 0.348 7
5. Fernando Alonso es McLaren Honda MP4-30 2:01.077 + 0.619 12
6. Daniil Kvyat ru Infiniti Red Bull Racing Renault RB11 2:01.418 + 0.960 6
7. Carlos Sainz es Scuderia Toro Rosso Renault STR10 2:02.805 + 2.347 7
8. Jenson Button uk McLaren Honda MP4-30 2:02.845 + 2.387 8
9. Nico Rosberg de Mercedes AMG Petronas F1W06 Hybrid no time 6
10. Marcus Ericsson se Sauber F1 Team Ferrari C34 no time 3
11. Lewis Hamilton uk Mercedes AMG Petronas F1W06 Hybrid no time 3
12. Sergio Pérez mx Sahara Force India Mercedes VJM08B no time 3
13. Nico Hülkenberg de Sahara Force India Mercedes VJM08B no time 3
14. Daniel Ricciardo au Infiniti Red Bull Racing Renault RB11 no time 1
15. Kimi Räikkönen fi Scuderia Ferrari SF15-T no time 0
16. Romain Grosjean fr Lotus F1 Team Mercedes E23 Hybrid no time 0
17. Felipe Nasr br Sauber F1 Team Ferrari C34 no time 0
18. Pastor Maldonado ve Lotus F1 Team Mercedes E23 Hybrid no time 0
19. Will Stevens uk Manor Marussia F1 Team Ferrari MR03B no time 0
20. Roberto Merhi es Manor Marussia F1 Team Ferrari MR03B no time 0

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