Massa fastest in rain-hit Sochi practice

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

119Felipe MassaBRZWilliams-Mercedes2m00.458s
25Sebastian VettelGERFerrari2m00.659s
377Valtteri BottasFINWilliams-Mercedes2m00.688s
433Max VerstappenNEDToro Rosso-Renault2m00.806s
514Fernando AlonsoESPMcLaren-Honda2m01.077s
626Daniil KvyatRUSRed Bull-Renault2m01.418s
755Carlos Sainz JrESPToro Rosso-Renault2m02.805s
822Jenson ButtonGBRMcLaren-Honda2m02.845s
96Nico RosbergGERMercedesNo Time
109Marcus EricssonSWESauber-FerrariNo Time
1144Lewis HamiltonGBRMercedesNo Time
1211Sergio PerezMEXForce India-MercedesNo Time
1327Nico HulkenbergGERForce India-MercedesNo Time
143Daniel RicciardoAUSRed Bull-RenaultNo Time
157Kimi RaikkonenFINFerrariNo Time
168Romain GrosjeanFRALotus-MercedesNo Time
1712Felipe NasrBRZSauber-FerrariNo Time
1813Pastor MaldonadoVENLotus-MercedesNo Time
1928Will StevensGBRManor-FerrariNo Time
2098Roberto MerhiESPManor-FerrariNo Time