The Finn topped both Friday practice sessions for Mercedes forward of team-mate Lewis Hamilton, grabbing the quickest lap time in FP2 however simply 0.044s, in a session that was stalled by Antonio Giovinazzi’s crash which precipitated a short purple flag.
AlphaTauri’s Pierre Gasly impressed with third place within the second observe session on the Sochi Autodrom, forward of Lando Norris within the McLaren and Esteban Ocon within the Alpine, whereas title contender Max Verstappen claimed sixth place for Purple Bull, but he will start the Russian GP from the back of the grid after taking a new power unit this weekend.
Verstappen, who had been set to serve a three-place grid penalty anyway as punishment for his half within the conflict with Hamilton within the Italian GP, will likely be joined behind the grid for the Russian GP by Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc as he also takes on new power unit parts.
Leclerc’s team-mate Carlos Sainz Jr grabbed seventh place within the FP2 occasions, in entrance of Alpine’s Fernando Alonso and Sebastian Vettel within the Aston Martin, with the Monegasque driver rounding out the highest 10 for Ferrari.
Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes W12
Photograph by: Charles Coates / Motorsport Images
What time does qualifying begin for the Russian Grand Prix?
Qualifying for the Russian GP begins at 3pm native time (1pm BST), utilizing the common Q1, Q2 and Q3 knockout session format.
Date: Saturday twenty fifth September 2021
Begin time: 3pm native time – 1pm BST
How can I watch qualifying?
In the UK each F1 observe, qualifying and race is broadcast stay on Sky Sports activities F1, with Russian GP qualifying protection beginning at 1pm BST.
· Channel: Sky Sports activities F1
· Begin time: 12:30pm BST
Autosport will likely be operating a live text coverage of qualifying here.
When can I watch the highlights of Russian GP qualifying?
In the UK Channel 4 is broadcasting highlights of qualifying for the Russian GP at 6:00pm BST on Saturday. The complete programme will run for 90 minutes, overlaying each qualifying and wrapping up the main speaking factors of the race weekend thus far.
For the complete 2021 F1 season, Channel 4 will broadcast highlights of each qualifying and race on the Saturday and Sunday of every occasion. The highlights can even be accessible on Channel 4’s on demand catch up companies.
· Channel: Channel 4
· Begin time: 5:50pm BST
Antonio Giovinazzi, Alfa Romeo Racing C41
Photograph by: Mark Sutton / Motorsport Images
Will Russian GP qualifying be on the radio?
Stay radio protection of each observe, qualifying and race for the 2021 F1 season will likely be accessible on the BBC Radio 5 Stay, BBC 5 Stay Sports activities Additional or through the BBC Sport web site.
Protection of Russian GP qualifying will begin at 1:00pm BST on the BBC Sport web site.
What is the climate forecast for qualifying at Sochi?
Heavy rain and chilly circumstances are forecast for Saturday afternoon at Sochi. Temperatures are set to be 17 levels Celsius at first of qualifying – 10 levels cooler than the dash race on the Italian GP.