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Rosberg quickest as Sainz crash cuts FP3 short



Rosberg quickest as Sainz crash cuts FP3 short

Rosberg quickest as Sainz crash cuts FP3 short

Local hero Daniil Kvyat was the first to head out on track for Red Bull as others lined up on the pitlane quickly to get most out of the one hour session after yesterday was disrupted with little or no running due to the delayed time to clear the track of fluid spillage and the interruption of rain showers in afternoon.

The track temperature slightly improved from GP3 qualifying to 21C as the ambience was cooler and brighter for drivers to gather more data. It appeared that strategies were split between the drivers to make up for the limited track time available and track evolution was expected drastically. Kvyat set the timing screens alight before almost every car on the grid registered lap times.

Williams had been so good at Sochi in 2014 as Bottas could’ve clinched pole if not for the mistake made in the final sector round the Sochi Autodrom after going purple in the first sectors. With much was expected from the Grove-based team, Bottas topped the proceeding with a 1:40.617 whilst team-mate Massa sorted out his DRS issues and slotted in second with 0.355 seconds off the pace and displacing Grosjean ahead of Hamilton, Rosberg and Maldonado.

Both Ferrari drivers made out of the pits with the supersoft tyres fitted for Raikkonen and soft tyre programme handed to Vettel. Lewis Hamilton and Kimi Raikkonen locked up while battling to hone the setup as Toro Rosso’s Max Verstsppen spun exiting the final corner and after changing the steering wheel Massa continued running on the track.

Vettel went third fastest with more than two seconds off the pace of the Williams pair and ahead of Grosjean. Raikkonen improved on his next optional tyre and bettered his team-mate to go third quickest when Bottas went two tenths up on his leading time with a 1:40.275. As Sauber’s Nasr moved himself up to third, Rosberg dipped in to the higher 1:38s to top the timing board.

Meanwhile, over two seconds shy of Rosberg’s leading time, Button set a flying lap good enough for fourth on supersoft rubber. Force India were quite all session before Perez jumped up to third as Hamilton who dispossessed him endured huge vibration.

The session was red-flagged with 35 minutes in as an worrying sight saw Carlos Sainz’s STR10 trapped underneath TechPro barrier at Turn 13. His car lost power thus the team had no chance to communicate him and understand whether he’s okay or not as tyre marks were clearly seen on the barrier walls leading up to the huge crash. He was stretchered out and the overhead shot from helicopter captured him raising his thumb up thankfully.

Latest crash updates: Carlos Sainz was hospitalized after a huge crash during the final practice session at the Russian Grand Prix. And his manager confirm – “Carlos is conscious, breathing without difficulty and calm.”


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