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Good morning and welcome to this live blog.

My name is Patrick Moeke and I will keep you informed of all developments surrounding the Russian Grand Prix.

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  • First free practice

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  • Second free practice

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- Max Verstappen clocked third time in the first free practice for the Russian Grand Prix.

The Dutchman concedes two tenths to Valtteri Bottas who is fastest in his Mercedes.

Lewis Hamilton finishes second.

  • Valtteri Bottas (S) - 1,34,427

  • Lewis Hamilton (S) - 1,34.638

  • Max Verstappen (S) - 1.34,654

  • Charles Leclerc (S) - 1.35.117

  • Sebastian Vettel (S) - 1.35.718

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    Another 8 minutes

    - Verstappen is working on a timed lap, but notices that his tires are over their top.

    "I'm coming into the pits," he says over the on-board radio.

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    Another 14 minutes

    - Verstappen is approaching Bottas' fastest time to two tenths.

    The score:

  • Bottas - 1,34,427

  • Hamilton - 1.34,638

  • Verstappen - 1.34,654

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    Another 18 minutes

    - Verstappen is on the road with fresh soft tires.

    Most drivers skip the hard tires, probably because rain is forecast for the rest of the weekend.

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    โš ๏ธ VIRTUAL SAFETY CAR โš ๏ธA quick-footed marshal nips out on track to remove some debris from the track ๐Ÿš€๐Ÿ‘ #RussianGP #F1


    AuthorFormula 1Moment of places09: 10 - 24 September 2021

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    In any case, the Sochi Autodrom produces beautiful pictures.

    Sochi by the sea ๐Ÿ˜๐ŸŒŠ #RussianGP


    AuthorRed Bull Racing HondaMoment of places09: 09 - September 24, 2021

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    Another 22 minutes

    - Virtual safety car.

    There's some rubbish on the track.

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    W12 meets Sochi.



    AuthorMercedes-AMG PETRONAS F1 TeamMoment of places08: 58 - September 24, 2021

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    Another 31 minutes

    - Hamilton is also a second faster than Verstappen, who says over the on-board radio that he is not happy with the setting of his car.

  • Bottas (S) - 1,34,427

  • Hamilton (S) - 1,34.638

  • Leclerc (S) - 1.35.117

  • Verstappen (S) - 1.35,616

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    Another 33 minutes

    - Bottas continues with 1.2 seconds below Verstappen's time. 

  • Bottas (S) 1.34,427

  • Verstappen (S) 1.35,616

  • Hamilton (H) 1,36.685

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    Another 40 minutes

    - Fastest time Max Verstappen.

    With 1.36,055, the Dutchman is three tenths faster than Bottas.

    The score:

  • Verstappen (S) - 1,36.055

  • Bottas (H) - 1.36,312

  • Hamilton (H) - 1,36.685

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    Another 44 minutes

    - Verstappen comes to 1.37,367 in his first timed round.

    This puts him in fourth place, nine tenths behind Bottas.

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    Another 46 minutes

    - Fastest time Valtteri Bottas.

    On the hard band, the Finn clocked 1,36,412.

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    Another 48 minutes

    - There is Max Verstappen.

    The Dutchman is on the road with soft tires.

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    Another 50 minutes

    - With 1.36,708, Charles Leclerc is the fastest for the time being.

    Max Verstappen is still in the pits.

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    Another 56 minutes

    - It is immediately busy on the track, but Max Verstappen is still inside.

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    60 more minutes

    - Green!

    The first free practice for the Russian Grand Prix is โ€‹โ€‹underway.

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    Current conditions in Sochi ๐ŸŒฅโ˜๏ธ #RussianGP #F1


    AuthorFormula 1Moment of places08:30 - September 24, 2021

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    A good amount of rain is expected this weekend, but for now it is still dry at the Sochi Autodrom.

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    Time to shine.



    AuthorAston Martin Cognizant F1 TeamMoment of places08: 25 - 24 September 2021

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    Russia, we're ready!



    AuthorWilliams RacingMoment of places08: 25 - 24 September 2021

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