F1 Race Event: Russian Grand Prix
Race Track: Sochi Circuit

Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Renault F1 Team RS20. Russian Grand Prix, Friday 25th September 2020. Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia.

Weather: dry  27.1°C
Tarmac: dry  31.9°C
Humidity : 63.9%
Wind : 2.2 m/s W
Pressure: 1010.5 bar

Max Verstappen looked to be very eager to start off this first free practice for the 2020 Russian Formula 1 Grand Prix. The Red Bull driver was the first to get a taste of the Sochi track.

After 30 minutes into the session Carlos Sainz hit the barrier in turn 5 when he lost the rear of the McLaren and wrecked his rear wing. On his way back to the pits he lost a lot of debris and a virtual safety car was the result.

With 36 minutes the session was stopped with a red flag because Nicolas Latifi had crashed the Williams in turn 10. The Canadian driver also lost control of the rear, just like Sainz earlier did.

15 minutes before the end Valtteri Bottas was quickest in the Mercedes with a 1:34.923 min. The Finn was followed by Daniel Ricciardo in the Renault on 0.507s. Third fastest was Max Verstappen in the Red Bull on 0.654s.

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton seemed to already focussed on the race. The British driver who can get level with Michael Schumacher this weekend with 91 race wins wasn't getting quick lap times on the leaderboard as his fastest lap was 2.793s slower than his teammate on the hard tyre.

Last year Charles Leclerc was quickest in last years FP1. The Ferrari driver then clocked a 1:34.462 min.

FP1 Times Table 2020 Russian GP

Pos No Driver Team Lap Time 1st Gap Laps Tyres
1 77 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:34.923 13 S (C5)
2 3 Daniel Ricciardo Renault 1:35.430 +0.507s 22 S (C5)
3 33 Max Verstappen Red Bull 1:35.577 +0.654s 22 S (C5)
4 11 Sergio Pérez Racing Point 1:35.796 +0.873s 23 S (C5)
5 18 Lance Stroll Racing Point 1:35.965 +1.042s 20 S (C5)
6 31 Esteban Ocon Renault 1:36.061 +1.138s 23 S (C5)
7 26 Daniil Kvyat AlphaTauri 1:36.230 +1.307s 21 M (C4)
8 23 Alexander Albon Red Bull 1:36.254 +1.331s 24 S (C5)
9 5 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:36.323 +1.400s 22 M (C4)
10 10 Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri 1:36.706 +1.783s 25 M (C4)
11 16 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1:36.896 +1.973s 23 S (C5)
12 55 Carlos Sainz Jr. McLaren 1:36.970 +2.047s 8 M (C4)
13 4 Lando Norris McLaren 1:37.110 +2.187s 28 S (C5)
14 99 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo 1:37.201 +2.278s 17 S (C5)
15 7 Kimi Räikkönen Alfa Romeo 1:37.230 +2.307s 23 S (C5)
16 20 Kevin Magnussen Haas 1:37.430 +2.507s 22 S (C5)
17 63 George Russell Williams 1:37.595 +2.672s 23 S (C5)
18 8 Romain Grosjean Haas 1:37.649 +2.726s 24 M (C4)
19 44 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:37.716 +2.793s 18 H (C3)
20 6 Nicholas Latifi Williams 1:37.784 +2.861s 11 S (C5)

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