Sochi, –In perfect weather, Scuderia Ferrari drivers Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen set the fourth and eighth times respectively in the first free practice for the Russian Grand Prix. They got to know the Sochi track, the only brand new venue on the 2014 calendar, working on evaluating the Medium tyres which Pirelli is supplying here, along with the Softs.
Fernando did 27 laps, the best in 1.42.720, while Kimi, after quickly solving a few early problems with brakes overheating, completed 23 laps, the best in 1.43.212.
Fastest was Nico Rosberg with a 1.42.311 ahead of Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button in the McLaren. In between the two Ferraris came the other McLaren of Kevin Magnussen, Sergio Perez in the Force India and the Toro Rosso of homegrown driver Daniil Kvyat. The second session takes place at 2pm (12h00 CET.)
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