D he Formula 1 always writes strange things Stories. This time she tells of the battle for the best last places on the starting grid. This started 20 minutes before the start of the first practice session on Friday.
McLaren started the V6 turbo in the MCL33 20 minutes before practice and ordered Lando Norris out. The young driver, who was promoted to regular driver in 2019 and was allowed to drive for Fernando Alonso, parked the papaya yellow car on the pit lane car behind the red light. Little by little, four other drivers lined up behind the McLaren. First Daniel Ricciardo. Then Max Verstappen in the second Red Bull. And finally the two Toro Rosso in the ranking Pierre Gasly ahead of Brendon Hartley.the GP Russia. '}'>
The engines the driver started after a complex procedure via the MGU-K electric machine. When race director Charlie Whiting gave the go-ahead, all five made it out of the pit lane. Like her remaining 15 colleagues. On Friday, the drivers and engineers voted for the cars for the 5.848-kilometer circuit, which is characterized by long straights and many 90-degree bends. Some updates evaluated - including Mercedes, Ferrari, Renault and Force India. Sebastian Vettel grabbed the first best time in front of Max Verstappen.
In our gallery we show you the photos from training Friday from the Sochi Autodrom.