Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg have a habit of sharing the Friday practice sessions at each Formula 1 grand prix in 2014. It’s a very good reflection of their tight and tense rivalry in the battle for this year’s world championship.
Once again in Russia on Friday, it was Rosberg who topped FP1 before Hamilton went faster still to blitz the second session, and although his advantage of 0.8 seconds was very impressive, it does not tell the whole story.
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Hamilton’s lap in FP2 was certainly an impressive one, but Rosberg did not really show what he could do. His best lap time came after a mistake at turn 16 that led him to back off as he crossed the line – yet it was still good enough for fourth place. Don’t go thinking that Lewis has this in the bag already.
McLaren was the surprise package of practice on Friday, with both Kevin Magnussen and Jenson Button showing good pace in both sessions. Having not scored a podium since the opening race of the year in March, a big result could be on the cards for the British team in Russia this weekend.
Also keep an eye out for Williams, Red Bull and Ferrari as they all jostle for position in FP3 ahead of qualifying later today.
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