Felipe Massa ended a rain-hit second practice session of the Russian Grand Prix weekend at Sochi Autodrom with the fastest time.
The Williams Martini Racing driver was only one of eight drivers to set a time during the session, with six drivers deciding not to venture on track at all with the rest of the weekend set to be drier.
Massa’s 2m00.458s was enough to see him end the session fastest, with Sebastian Vettel slotting into second position for Scuderia Ferrari, 0.201s back as drivers were forced to run in extremely wet and slippery conditions, including a large amount of standing water.
Valtteri Bottas ended third in the second Williams ahead of Scuderia Toro Rosso’s Max Verstappen, while Fernando Alonso was fifth for McLaren-Honda, although the Spanish driver’s session was curtailed early when his team instructed him to pit as they found a developing problem on his car.
Home-hero Daniil Kvyat was sixth for Infiniti Red Bull Racing, while Toro Rosso’s Carlos Sainz Jr and McLaren’s Jenson Button were the remaining drivers to set a time.
With drivers having had limited running in both Friday sessions, much like in Japan, everyone will be playing catch up during Saturday’s final one-hour practice session ahead of qualifying.
Sochi Free Practice 2 Result
|4||33||Max Verstappen||NED||Toro Rosso-Renault||2m00.806s|
|6||26||Daniil Kvyat||RUS||Red Bull-Renault||2m01.418s|
|7||55||Carlos Sainz Jr||ESP||Toro Rosso-Renault||2m02.805s|
|9||6||Nico Rosberg||GER||Mercedes||No Time|
|10||9||Marcus Ericsson||SWE||Sauber-Ferrari||No Time|
|11||44||Lewis Hamilton||GBR||Mercedes||No Time|
|12||11||Sergio Perez||MEX||Force India-Mercedes||No Time|
|13||27||Nico Hulkenberg||GER||Force India-Mercedes||No Time|
|14||3||Daniel Ricciardo||AUS||Red Bull-Renault||No Time|
|15||7||Kimi Raikkonen||FIN||Ferrari||No Time|
|16||8||Romain Grosjean||FRA||Lotus-Mercedes||No Time|
|17||12||Felipe Nasr||BRZ||Sauber-Ferrari||No Time|
|18||13||Pastor Maldonado||VEN||Lotus-Mercedes||No Time|
|19||28||Will Stevens||GBR||Manor-Ferrari||No Time|
|20||98||Roberto Merhi||ESP||Manor-Ferrari||No Time|