SOCHI, Russia — Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel set the fastest time in Friday’s first practice session for the Russian Grand Prix, with title rival Lewis Hamilton close behind in third.
Vettel was .05 seconds faster than Red Bull driver Max Verstappen. Hamilton was .28 seconds further back in his Mercedes.
Hamilton’s teammate, Valtteri Bottas, was fourth-fastest, ahead of the second Red Bull of Daniel Ricciardo and Force India driver Esteban Ocon.
Lance Stroll spun out and wrecked a set of tires but avoided the barriers, while Renault driver Nico Hulkenberg ended his session early because of what the team described as “a problem with the car.”
The second practice session is later Friday.
“Such a massive gut punch on Saturday,” Dean Wilson wrote on Instagram on Tuesday. “Just as I was gaining good momentum riding well, feeling good and chasing my first win things turned in the blink of an eye.”
With that post, Wilson announced that he will be out for the remainder of the Supercross season, which includes races at East Rutherford, N.J. and Las Vegas, Nev. An MRI earlier in the week revealed a shoulder injury. He also sustained damage to his kidney in a Lap 8 accident while he was running in the top 10.
Wilson’s injuries will not require surgery.
Wilson’s season began with a lot of promise. Earning the holeshot in the season-opening race at Anaheim, Wilson led for a time before narrowly missing the podium in fourth.
Two weeks later, Wilson finished fifth overall in the Triple Crown event of Anaheim II. Those are his only top-fives of the season.
“The tough part of this is I have been trying so hard this year to be back where I need to be trying to get a job for next year,” Wilson continued.
Next Race: East Rutherford April. 27, on NBCSN and on NBC Sports Gold
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