Bottas Sweeps Formula One Practice In Russia

SOCHI, Russia – Valtteri Bottas swept both free practice sessions Friday as part of a Mercedes one-two punch on the opening day of the Formula One Russian Grand Prix. Bottas’ best lap around the 18-turn, 3.634-mile Sochi Autodrom, turned during FP2, was 1:33.519. Second practice was better, and we managed a lot of laps, but I still didn’t quite get all the sectors right. The first two sectors felt really good, but the car was a bit too nervous in sector three. All the other chaos aside, Hamilton still ended up second-quick overall with a time of 1:33.786, as he chases his record-tying 91st F-1 victory on Sunday afternoon. “The day didn’t start very well, as first practice was pretty poor. I was a bit down in sectors one and two, but sector three was nice.

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