Valtteri Bottas tops Russian Grand Prix first follow

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Valtteri Bottas led Lewis Hamilton in a Mercedes one-two in first follow on the Russian Grand Prix.

He was 0.211 seconds forward of Hamilton, with Purple Bull’s Max Verstappen third simply 0.016secs behind his title rival, who the Dutchman leads by 5 factors.

Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc, who begins behind the grid after a penalty for utilizing too many engines, was fourth.

Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel and Alpha Tauri’s Pierre Gasly accomplished the highest six.

Verstappen has a three-place grid penalty after being adjudged “predominantly in charge” for inflicting his crash with Hamilton over the last race in Italy.

And Purple Bull have mentioned they’re contemplating whether or not to suit his automotive with a brand new engine, which might imply he would be part of Leclerc behind the grid.

Verstappen must take one other engine to have adequate provide to make it to the tip of the season, after one was broken in his crash with Hamilton on the British Grand Prix in July. The one query is at which race the workforce will determine to take it.

As Purple Bull imagine Sochi is a monitor that favours Mercedes, they could contemplate that it’s price getting out of the best way this weekend, particularly as Verstappen has a grid penalty anyway.

Verstappen did solely 13 laps within the session, in comparison with greater than 20 for many different drivers, and the Dutchman’s Purple Bull ended it within the storage up on stands.

The session was held in heat sunshine on the Black Sea resort in temperatures round 19C however heavy rain is predicted for qualifying day on Saturday.

It was a principally incident-free hour round one of many calendar’s most uninteresting circuits, other than a few incidents from McLaren’s Lando Norris.

The Briton ran extensive at Flip 10 halfway by means of the session after which, in a weird incident, clipped the wall on the within as he rounded the right-hander on the entry to the pit lane on the finish of the session, spinning and damaging his entrance wing.

Norris was eighth quickest, behind the Ferrari of Carlos Sainz, with the second Purple Bull of Sergio Perez and Fernando Alonso’s Alpine finishing the highest 10.

Sainz’s automotive doesn’t have the upgraded hybrid system that’s within the new engine fitted to Leclerc’s automotive, however the Spaniard will obtain it – and the resultant grid penalty – later within the season.

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