Russian GP: Hulkenberg tops short session

Nico Hulkenberg
Nico Hulkenberg

A vehicle dumped diesel fuel on the track, which caused Free Practice 1 to be delayed 30 minute, and left the track slick even after the cleanup.

Ericsson and Alonso were the first out on the 3.637-mile (5.853-km) 18-turn (12 right and 6 left) Sochi street track for what was now a 60-minute FP1. Officials declared that the session was "wet" due to the chemicals used for the spill so the drivers were on the intermediate or full wet Pirelli tires.

Alonso, first on the slicks, posted the first lap time: 2:00.736. He then improved that to a 1:56.327 and then a 1:53.854 before spots of rain were felt.

But the rain forecast for FP2 held off, and the drivers got some fast laps in during the last 10 minutes of the session with Nico Hulkenberg leading the way with Mercedes power on a lap of 1:44.355s. The times are meaningless as they were a full second off the best FP1 time from Mercedes' Nico Rosberg a year ago and last year's tires were harder.

It was Rosberg second best, finishing just 0.052s adrift, again with Mercedes power, with Sebastian Vettel third quickest in his Ferrari, 0.631s off the pace.

Results Practice 1

Pos Driver Car Time Behind Laps
1 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 1:44.355 0.000s 11
2 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:44.407 0.052s 15
3 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:44.986 0.631s 15
4 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1:45.146 0.791s 11
5 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1:45.233 0.878s 10
6 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Renault 1:45.488 1.133s 13
7 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:45.691 1.336s 10
8 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 1:45.746 1.391s 13
9 Max Verstappen Toro Rosso/Renault 1:46.203 1.848s 13
10 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1:46.215 1.860s 16
11 Jenson Button McLaren/Honda 1:46.231 1.876s 12
12 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1:46.333 1.978s 12
13 Felipe Nasr Sauber/Ferrari 1:46.747 2.392s 13
14 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 1:47.443 3.088s 16
15 Pastor Maldonado Lotus/Mercedes 1:48.006 3.651s 9
16 Daniil Kvyat Red Bull/Renault 1:48.096 3.741s 9
17 Jolyon Palmer Lotus/Mercedes 1:49.094 4.739s 9
18 Roberto Merhi Marussia/Ferrari 1:52.994 8.639s 12
19 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1:54.272 9.917s 12
20 Will Stevens Marussia/Ferrari 1:58.254 13.899s 6

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