Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas got the jump on the two Ferrari cars at the start then led the rest of the way to win his very first F1 race in the Russian GP. Sebastian Vettel was catching Bottas at the end but Bottas kept his cool and held off the 4-time F1 World Champion. Kimi Raikkonen was third for Ferrari and Lewis Hamilton in the second Mercedes a long way back in 4th. Max Verstappen rounded out the top-5 for Red Bull.
Until this year Mercedes has owned the Sochi circuit in Russia, but this year Ferrari appears to have their number. Sebastian Vettel turned a lap of 1m33.194s to just beat his Ferrari teammate for pole for Sunday's Russian GP by 0.059s. Mercedes' Valtteri Bottas continued his dominance over Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton to qualify third at 1m33.289s while Hamilton could not get within a 1/2-sec. of Vettel. Daniel Ricciardo rounded out the top-5 for Red Bull.
Russian GP: Vettel leads Ferrari 1-2 in 2nd practice
Mercedes and Red Bull follow
Everyone thought the Mercedes would perform better than Ferrari in the cooler temperatures at Sochi but so far Ferrari has dominated both Friday practice sessions for the Russian GP. Sebastian Vettel led his Ferrari teammate 1m34.120s to 1m34.383s. Once again Valtteri Bottas was faster than his Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton 1m34.790s to 1m34.829s while Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo were 5th and 5th respectively for Red Bull.
Differences between an IndyCar and an F1 car explained
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Fernando Alonso will drive an IndyCar for the first time on May 3rd and then of course the Indy 500. Ever wonder what the main differences are between a current F1 and IndyCar? AutoRacing1.com explains the main differences in this video filmed at the 2017 GP of Alabama.
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