Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg dominant at 2nd Free Practice of the Russia Grand Prix
By: S. Harding, Xiro Xone News April 29, 2016 Updated 11:05 AM
Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton dominated the second practice on Friday ahead of the 2016 Russia Grand Prix.
“I think we’re looking strong here but we need to keep working hard if we are to try and stay ahead of the Ferraris. They look like they might be another step closer this weekend. We’ve got a few things to look at to make sure we perfect the setup for qualifying, so we shall see how it goes,” Hamilton said.
The “Jedi knight of F1,” Hamilton, finished with a time of 1:37.235 and was seven-tenths quicker than Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel with Hamilton’s teammate Nico Rosberg nine-tenths behind.
Vettel’s Ferrari suddenly stalled at the beginning of the pit straight just after his quick lap with a suspected electrical problem.
“Looks like we had an electric problem, but I am sure we can fix it. Still, it is a shame, because now we are lacking some laps, especially in the long runs on race trims, which would have allowed us to see how competitive we are,” Vettel said.
Ferrari driver Kimi Raikkonen finished fourth, half a second behind Vettel.
Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo finished three tenths behind Kimi Raikkonen with Valtteri Bottas, Daniil Kvyat, and Jenson Button.
“I think all in all it was quite successful running today, Kvyat said. “We did a useful amount of laps, and did short runs and long runs. The tires will be very challenging here - to understand which one works better for which conditions and so on, so it will be interesting tomorrow to understand the strategy for qualifying.”
Carlos Sainz and Max Verstappen finished 11th and 12th for Toro Rosso while Force India’s Nico Hulkenberg and Sergio Perez finished 13th and 14th.
Renault’s Kevin Magnussen finished 15th ahead of Haas driver Romain Grosjean, who complained that" something is not working" on his car.
“We didn’t have a very easy day trying to assess how to work our tires and how to work the car. We can improve and make the car better. Hopefully, we can find those answers for tomorrow, as our performance is not exactly where we want it to be right now,” Grosjean said.
Grosjean’s teammate Esteban Gutierrez finished 17th, ahead of Jolyon Palmer for Renault and Sauber driver Felipe Nasr.