Report – Fernando Alonso was third in the second free practice for the Russian Grand Prix, with Scuderia Ferrari team-mate Kimi Raikkonen eleventh. In the afternoon session at Sochi, Fernando completed a total of 32 laps, the best in 1.40.504, while Kimi did 24, the fastest in a time of 1.41.630.

In the second session, both Scuderia Ferrari drivers continued to work on set-up and carried on with evaluating the tyres, this time also trying the Softs brought here by Pirelli.

FP2 Times:

Pos Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m39.630s 27
2 Kevin Magnussen McLaren/Mercedes 1m40.494s 0.864s 32
3 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1m40.504s 0.874s 32
4 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m40.542s 0.912s 30
5 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 1m40.573s 0.943s 33
6 Jenson Button McLaren/Mercedes 1m40.718s 1.088s 32
7 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m40.731s 1.101s 30
8 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso/Renault 1m41.108s 1.478s 32
9 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull/Renault 1m41.396s 1.766s 30
10 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso/Renault 1m41.531s 1.901s 33
11 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m41.630s 2.000s 24
12 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 1m41.677s 2.047s 27
13 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m42.061s 2.431s 25
14 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m42.090s 2.460s 29
15 Adrian Sutil Sauber/Ferrari 1m42.233s 2.603s 31
16 Romain Grosjean Lotus/Renault 1m42.892s 3.262s 30
17 Pastor Maldonado Lotus/Renault 1m42.905s 3.275s 33
18 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber/Ferrari 1m43.055s 3.425s 33
19 Marcus Ericsson Caterham/Renault 1m44.135s 4.505s 22
20 Max Chilton Marussia/Ferrari 1m44.530s 4.900s 29
21 Kamui Kobayashi Caterham/Renault 1m44.952s 5.322s 27



Report – In perfect weather, Scuderia Ferrari drivers Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen set the fourth and eighth times respectively in the first free practice for the Russian Grand Prix. They got to know the Sochi track, the only brand new venue on the 2014 calendar, working on evaluating the Medium tyres which Pirelli is supplying here, along with the Softs.

Fernando did 27 laps, the best in 1.42.720, while Kimi, after quickly solving a few early problems with brakes overheating, completed 23 laps, the best in 1.43.212.

FP1 Times:

Pos Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m42.311s 29
2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m42.376s 0.065s 25
3 Jenson Button McLaren/Mercedes 1m42.507s 0.196s 28
4 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1m42.720s 0.409s 27
5 Kevin Magnussen McLaren/Mercedes 1m43.026s 0.715s 28
6 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m43.129s 0.818s 26
7 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso/Renault 1m43.164s 0.853s 29
8 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m43.212s 0.901s 23
9 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso/Renault 1m43.327s 1.016s 24
10 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 1m43.542s 1.231s 9
11 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m43.741s 1.430s 22
12 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m43.821s 1.510s 25
13 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 1m43.976s 1.665s 21
14 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull/Renault 1m44.506s 2.195s 30
15 Adrian Sutil Sauber/Ferrari 1m44.625s 2.314s 26
16 Pastor Maldonado Lotus/Renault 1m44.876s 2.565s 26
17 Sergey Sirotkin Sauber/Ferrari 1m45.032s 2.721s 22
18 Romain Grosjean Lotus/Renault 1m45.190s 2.879s 25
19 Roberto Merhi Caterham/Renault 1m46.782s 4.471s 18
20 Marcus Ericsson Caterham/Renault 1m46.922s 4.611s 18
21 Max Chilton Marussia/Ferrari 1m47.284s 4.973s 26



Kimi Raikkonen: “This first day of practice was given over to learning the track, which I like and although it’s new, the grip level was good. In the first session, we went through our programme step by step, even if towards the end of the session I was unable to complete my last run. In the afternoon, we focused on tyre behaviour, with both compounds taking a long time to reach the maximum performance, which is unusual, especially for the Soft tyre. In order to have a clearer picture on this topic, we will have to wait for the track to evolve. Unfortunately, here too I still don’t feel comfortable with the front end and this prevented me from putting together a good lap. Now, along with the team, we will try and find a solution that will allow me to get the most out of the car.”

Pat Fry: “As always on a new track, the first day of practice was particularly demanding, both for the drivers and the mechanics in the garage. Today, it was important to concentrate on the balance of the car and to make the most of every minute available, so that Kimi and Fernando could do as many laps as possible and get to learn the track. This track features a series of right-angle corners, all taken at similar speeds, which requires a high level of aerodynamic downforce. Between these corners run two long straights which constitute the two DRS activation zones. It will also be vital to find a set-up that produces a good top speed. From what we saw today, the tyres perform very consistently: the surface is very smooth and the lap times evolved at an impressive rate, as did the wear which was low. This is something we must keep an eye on in terms of qualifying, as well as paying close attention to all the data that will help us establish the best mechanical parameters and those linked to the power unit.”

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