Event: Russian Grand Prix
Track: Sochi Street circuit

Max Verstappen stops in the Pitlane during practice ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Russia at Sochi Autodrom

Weather: dry 19.5°C
Tarmac: dry 32.2°C
Humidity: 45.8%
Wind: 0.6 m/s S
Pressure: 1014.1 bar

First practice for the 15th GP this season at Sochi in Russia was all about Mercedes and Red Bull.
Things to know at this moment is that Max Verstappen is carrying a three-place grid drop for his part in crashing with Lewis Hamilton at Monza last race. Other news this week was is that the Haas team have opted to retain their driver line up for 2022.

Lewis Hamilton's Race Engineer 'Bono' just reminding the reigning world champion where to complete his practice starts. Last year Hamilton picked up two five-second time penalties during the race for having completed his starts in the wrong place, something that somewhat irked the Mercedes man as it cost him the win.

It took 15 minutes for Verstappen finally emerges from the pits, and he too is sporting a set of soft compound tyres. That is interesting - normally the teams wait for the track to rubber in and grip to improve before trying out the softest compound.

Halfway through the session, and most of the field have swapped to the soft compound tyre now. Norris was still on the mediums though, which he has been on for 11 laps and counting. A podium last time out in Monza was bittersweet as his team mate took the win, and as such the youngster will be keen to reassert his authority here.

Best of the rest was Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc, who's upgraded engine seems to work very well up till now.

Last year Valtteri Bottas was quickest in FP1. The Mercedes driver then clocked a 1:34:923 min.

FP1 Times Table 2021 Russian GP

PNoDriverTeamTime1st GapLapsTyres
177Valtteri BottasMercedes1:34,42725🔴S (C5)
244Lewis HamiltonMercedes1:34,638+0,211s23🔴S (C5)
333Max VerstappenRed Bull1:34,654+0,227s13🔴S (C5)
416Charles LeclercFerrari1:35,117+0,690s22🔴S (C5)
55Sebastian VettelAston Martin1:35,781+1,354s23🔴S (C5)
610Pierre GaslyAlphaTauri1:35,794+1,367s24🔴S (C5)
755Carlos Sainz Jr.Ferrari1:35,811+1,384s25🔴S (C5)
84Lando NorrisMcLaren1:35,959+1,532s24🔴S (C5)
911Sergio PérezRed Bull1:36,188+1,761s22🔴S (C5)
1014Fernando AlonsoAlpine1:36,225+1,798s21🔴S (C5)
1131Esteban OconAlpine1:36,236+1,809s25🔴S (C5)
1218Lance StrollAston Martin1:36,522+2,095s21🔴S (C5)
1399Antonio GiovinazziAlfa Romeo1:36,795+2,368s23🔴S (C5)
143Daniel RicciardoMcLaren1:36,877+2,450s23🔴S (C5)
157Kimi RäikkönenAlfa Romeo1:36,952+2,525s20🔴S (C5)
1622Yuki TsunodaAlphaTauri1:37,794+3,367s26🔴S (C5)
1763George RussellWilliams1:38,013+3,586s23🔴S (C5)
186Nicholas LatifiWilliams1:38,155+3,728s21🔴S (C5)
199Nikita MazepinHaas1:38,586+4,159s22🔴S (C5)
2047Mick SchumacherHaas1:38,977+4,550s23🔴S (C5)


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