SOCHI, RUSSIA – Ferrari driver Kimi Raikkonen set the fastest time in the first practice for the Russian Grand Prix on Friday, narrowly beating the two Mercedes cars.
Raikkonen’s time of 1 minute, 36.074 seconds was 0.045 seconds faster than Valtteri Bottas. Lewis Hamilton was third-fastest at 1:36.681, ahead of Red Bull driver Max Verstappen.
Championship leader Sebastian Vettel was fifth for Ferrari after spinning late in the session.
Renault test driver Sergei Sirotkin was given a rare run in the first practice session, but the car broke down before he could set a time.
The session was briefly red-flagged when the engine cover flew off Esteban Ocon’s Force India car on a high-speed section.