Max third in Sochi FP1

Published on 24 September 2021 by Stefan Meens

Max Verstappen finished the opening practice session of the Russian Grand Prix in third place. Valtteri Bottas was quickest in Sochi, with Mercedes team mate Lewis Hamilton in second.

Twelve minutes into the session, Max heads out for his first lap of the Sochi Autodrom. His first flying lap, completed on the soft Pirelli compound, grants him P4. A couple of laps later, the Dutchman follows up with the quickest time of the session thus far.

After a quick visit to the pits, Max returns to the track on the same set of softs he started the session. He betters his lap time but is soon toppled by Valtteri Bottas.

With fifteen minutes to go, Max once again heads out on a set of the soft Pirellis to set his best lap of the morning. Nevertheless, the Mercedes remain at the top of the timing sheets. In the closing stages, the lap times are no longer bettered as the teams shift their focus on long runs.

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Results first free practice Russia:

1Valtteri BottasBOTMercedes1:34.427 25
2Lewis HamiltonHAMMercedes1:34.638+0.211s23
3Max VerstappenVERRed Bull Racing Honda1:34.654+0.227s13
4Charles LeclercLECFerrari1:35.117+0.690s22
5Sebastian VettelVETAston Martin Mercedes1:35.781+1.354s23
6Pierre GaslyGASAlphaTauri Honda1:35.794+1.367s24
7Carlos SainzSAIFerrari1:35.811+1.384s25
8Lando NorrisNORMcLaren Mercedes1:35.959+1.532s24
9Sergio PerezPERRed Bull Racing Honda1:36.188+1.761s22
10Fernando AlonsoALOAlpine Renault1:36.225+1.798s21
11Esteban OconOCOAlpine Renault1:36.236+1.809s25
12Lance StrollSTRAston Martin Mercedes1:36.522+2.095s21
13Antonio GiovinazziGIOAlfa Romeo Racing Ferrari1:36.795+2.368s23
14Daniel RicciardoRICMcLaren Mercedes1:36.877+2.450s23
15Kimi RäikkönenRAIAlfa Romeo Racing Ferrari1:36.952+2.525s20
16Yuki TsunodaTSUAlphaTauri Honda1:37.794+3.367s26
17George RussellRUSWilliams Mercedes1:38.013+3.586s23
18Nicholas LatifiLATWilliams Mercedes1:38.155+3.728s21
19Nikita MazepinMAZHaas Ferrari1:38.586+4.159s22
20Mick SchumacherMSCHaas Ferrari1:38.977+4.550s23