Scuderia Ferrari driver Kimi Raikkonen was the fastest in the first practice session for the 2017 Russian Grand Prix on Friday, giving the Maranello team reason to be confident ahead of the race on Sunday. The Finn managed a best lap of one minute and 36.074 seconds at the Sochi Autodrom to finish fractionally ahead of his Finnish countryman Valtteri Bottas.
Lewis Hamilton was third, more than half-a-second behind Kimi’s time, while championship leader Sebastian Vettel finished the 90-minute session in fifth. Seb, who currently has a seven-point advantage over Hamilton following victories at two of the first three races, did not have an easy morning session and was almost involved in an incident which could have damaged his SF70H car: at turn 16 after he lost the back end of his Ferrari and faced the wrong way on the track before recovering to the sanctuary of his garage. Vettel also made an error at turn 13 during an earlier run.
Follow us for the latest news and results from the Sochi Autodrom as the second practice session for the 2017 Russian Grand Prix is about to get underway, with Sebastian Vettel and Kimi at the circuit in Sochi.