Sochi Practice 3: Mercedes 1-2 parade continues

Lewis Hamilton
Lewis Hamilton

Reports this week were that Ferrari was blowing its wad again on more engine upgrades for the Russian GP. But AR1.com told you Mercedes has plenty in hand and will always stay a step ahead of the Ferrari. So far this year, and through three practices in Sochi, Mercedes has completely dominated the proceedings.

Row 1: Mercedes Row
In final practice in Sochi Lewis Hamilton grabbed top spot over Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg by 0.068 seconds. It really does not matter who is driving the Mercedes car, they will turn near identical times because F1 is 99.9% car and the Aldo Costa designed Mercedes is superior.

Row 2: The Ferrari Row
Sebastian Vettel, who was slowest heading into the last runs after running heavy fuel load for much of the session to simulate race conditions was six-tenths down in third when he finally put in a proper lap.

Ferrari teammate Kimi Raikkonen was fourth, seven-tenths slower than Vettel.

Row 3: The Williams Row
Williams duo Felipe Massa and Valtteri Bottas ended up fifth and sixth.

Max Verstappen was seventh for Toro Rosso, with Jenson Button a solid eighth and Carlos Sainz Jr and Sergio Perez rounded out the top 10.

Results

Pos Driver Car Time Behind Laps
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes/Mercedes 1m36.403s 0.000s 17
2 Nico Rosberg Mercedes/Mercedes 1m36.471s 0.068s 22
3 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari/Ferrari 1m37.007s 0.604s 28
4 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari/Ferrari 1m37.727s 1.324s 14
5 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m37.918s 1.515s 16
6 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 1m37.985s 1.582s 16
7 Max Verstappen Toro Rosso/Ferrari 1m38.133s 1.730s 22
8 Jenson Button McLaren/Honda 1m38.260s 1.857s 14
9 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Ferrari 1m38.465s 2.062s 25
10 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m38.542s 2.139s 18
11 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/TAG Heuer 1m38.622s 2.219s 23
12 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 1m38.633s 2.230s 12
13 Daniil Kvyat Red Bull/TAG Heuer 1m39.047s 2.644s 15
14 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 1m39.162s 2.759s 16
15 Esteban Gutierrez Haas/Ferrari 1m39.230s 2.827s 18
16 Kevin Magnussen Renault/Renault 1m39.238s 2.835s 16
17 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 1m39.239s 2.836s 15
18 Jolyon Palmer Renault/Renault 1m39.589s 3.186s 19
19 Rio Haryanto Manor/Mercedes 1m39.599s 3.196s 19
20 Pascal Wehrlein Manor/Mercedes 1m39.663s 3.260s 18
21 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1m39.740s 3.337s 23
22 Felipe Nasr Sauber/Ferrari 1m39.898s 3.495s 19

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