After dominating all three practice sessions so far this weekend, Mercedes is looking to continue this good form during qualifying for the Spanish Grand Prix and secure its fifth pole position in a row.
You can watch qualifying live on NBCSN and Live Extra from 8am ET. CLICK HERE to watch via livestream.
Lewis Hamilton is currently the man in form after winning the last three races, but teammate Nico Rosberg still leads the championship by four points. Both have excelled thanks to the brilliant W05 Hybrid car, which is a cut above the rest of the field.
The race in Spain sees a number of teams introduce updates for their cars, and it was thought that this could result in a reshuffling of the pecking order. Red Bull and Ferrari both thought that they could cut the gap to Mercedes at the front, but the opposite has instead proven to be true. The Silver Arrows appear to be further ahead than ever, and anything but a Mercedes win would be a surprise this weekend.
Nevertheless, we are set for another tantalizing battle for pole between Hamilton and Rosberg, so be sure to join us from 8am ET on NBCSN and Live Extra. CLICK HERE to watch via livestream.
SOCHI, Russia — Valtteri Bottas paced both F1 practices Friday for the Russian Grand Prix on Friday as Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton was slowed by damaged tires in the first session.
Bottas turned a fast lap of 1 minute, 33.519 seconds in the second session that bettered Hamilton’s 1:33.786.
Renault’s Daniel Ricciardo was more than a second behind Bottas in third at 1:34.577, followed by the McLaren Racing duo of Carlos Sainz Jr. (1:34.723) and Lando Norris (1:34.847).
In the first F1 session at Sochi, Valtteri Bottas set the pace with a time of 1 minute, 34.923 seconds, beating Ricciardo by half a second. Max Verstappen was third quickest in his Red Bull, a further 0.147 back.
Hamilton could only manage 19th fastest after locking up his tires and leaving them with a flat spot. Ferrari again struggled to find pace with Sebastian Vettel ninth and Charles Leclerc 11th.
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The first session was briefly red-flagged when Nicholas Latifi crashed his Williams. Carlos Sainz Jr. spun his McLaren backward into a barrier and broke off his rear wing.
Verstappen spun during the second session but avoided damage to his car.