Hamilton makes his transfer forward of qualifying


Last Updated: 26/09/20 11:04am

Lewis Hamilton hit the top of the timesheet for the first time on a potentially-historic weekend for F1’s world champion in final practice at the Russian Grand Prix.

Hamilton was comfortably faster than Valtteri Bottas, Friday’s pacesetter, on this occasion with a lap of 1:33.279 with was a massive eight tenths of a second faster than his Mercedes team-mate.

But the battle to be the world champions’ fastest challenger remains tough to call.

McLaren and Renault maintained their fine form from the opening day with Carlos Sainz and Esteban Ocon third and fourth respectively.

Max Verstappen was only sixth but showed Mercedes-challenging pace earlier in the session and did not hook up a final qualifying simulation.

Sebastian Vettel finished seventh for Ferrari amid an improved showing for the four-time champion relative to Charles Leclerc so far this weekend.

More to follow…


Steven Gregory