Lewis Hamilton has topped the second practice session at Sochi, eight-tenths of a second ahead of McLaren’s Kevin Magnussen. Nico Rosberg was nine-tenths behind his team-mate in third position.
McLaren have continued their strong performance this weekend, matching the Mercedes pace over the long run simulations.
Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas posted the best time during their long run simulations, averaging in the high 1:43.8s. McLaren’s Jenson Button averaged a further two-tenths behind.
Felipe Massa had a delayed start to the session; he finished in seventh position and was three-tenths off his team-mate’s long run pace.
Judging by Friday’s performance, McLaren have done their homework on their simulator and will be competing with Mercedes and Williams, providing they qualify well on Saturday.
Red Bull again struggled on the new Sochi Autodrom with Sebastian Vettel finishing ahead of Daniel Ricciardo in ninth position. Ricciardo brought the session to a halt by bringing out the red flag after his engine failed at Turn 11.
The duo were well off the pace in their race simulation as well, with Ricciardo a full second behind Hamilton and Vettel 1.5 seconds adrift.
Romain Grosjean had engine problems in FP1 where he complained of a lack of power; in FP2 he struggled with the set-up of the car and couldn’t find grip anywhere on the circuit. He was, however, still able to finish a place above his team-mate Pastor Maldonado, who was in 17th.
Both Toro Rossos ended the session in the top 10, with Daniil Kvyat in eighth and Jean-Eric Vergne in tenth. Vergne was half a second down on Kvyat and will have to improve for the rest of the weekend if he wants any chance of re-gaining his now vacant Toro Rosso seat.
Kamui Kobayashi was slowest in the session, however, he can be somewhat excused after sitting FP1 out as Roberto Merhi took his place.
2014 Russian Formula 1 Grand Prix – Free Practice 2 Results:
|Driver||Team / Entry||Time||Gap||Laps|
|1.||Lewis Hamilton||Mercedes AMG Petronas F1W05||1:39.630||27|
|2.||Kevin Magnussen||McLaren Mercedes MP4-29||1:40.494||+ 0.864||32|
|3.||Fernando Alonso||Scuderia Ferrari F14T||1:40.504||+ 0.874||32|
|4.||Nico Rosberg||Mercedes AMG Petronas F1W05||1:40.542||+ 0.912||30|
|5.||Valtteri Bottas||Williams Martini Racing Mercedes FW36||1:40.573||+ 0.943||33|
|6.||Jenson Button||McLaren Mercedes MP4-29||1:40.718||+ 1.088||32|
|7.||Felipe Massa||Williams Martini Racing Mercedes FW36||1:40.731||+ 1.101||30|
|8.||Daniil Kvyat||Scuderia Toro Rosso Renault STR9||1:41.108||+ 1.478||32|
|9.||Sebastian Vettel||Infiniti Red Bull Racing Renault RB10||1:41.396||+ 1.766||30|
|10.||Jean-Éric Vergne||Scuderia Toro Rosso Renault STR9||1:41.531||+ 1.901||33|
|11.||Kimi Räikkönen||Scuderia Ferrari F14T||1:41.630||+ 2.000||24|
|12.||Nico Hülkenberg||Force India Mercedes Mercedes VJM07||1:41.677||+ 2.047||27|
|13.||Daniel Ricciardo||Infiniti Red Bull Racing Renault RB10||1:42.061||+ 2.431||25|
|14.||Sergio Pérez||Force India Mercedes Mercedes VJM07||1:42.090||+ 2.460||19|
|15.||Adrian Sutil||Sauber F1 Team Ferrari C33||1:42.233||+ 2.603||31|
|16.||Romain Grosjean||Lotus F1 Team Renault E22||1:42.892||+ 3.262||30|
|17.||Pastor Maldonado||Lotus F1 Team Renault E22||1:42.905||+ 3.275||33|
|18.||Esteban Gutiérrez||Sauber F1 Team Ferrari C33||1:43.055||+ 3.425||33|
|19.||Marcus Ericsson||Caterham F1 Team Renault CT05||1:44.135||+ 4.505||22|
|20.||Max Chilton||Marussia F1 Team Ferrari MR03||1:44.530||+ 4.900||29|
|21.||Kamui Kobayashi||Caterham F1 Team Renault CT05||1:44.952||+ 5.322||27|
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