It became an uncharacteristically scrappy Friday for Lewis Hamilton in Sochi, because the six-time champion trailed group mate Valtteri Bottas throughout each Free Practice 1 and a couple of for the Russian Grand Prix. But Hamilton became assured that he ought to get better and be withinside the combat on Saturday.

A pair of lock-ups in Free Practice 1 left Hamilton an unrepresentative nineteenth of 20 drivers, whilst he regarded heading in the right direction to pip Bottas in FP2 earlier than every other lock-up at Turn thirteen scuppered his lap, leaving him 0.267s adrift in P2 – however with Mercedes nicely clear of the relaxation of the field.

“I think the car’s been performing very well, I’ve just got a lot of work to do tonight, but it’s nothing new,” he said on Friday evening.

Hamilton says Sochi lap ‘a work in progress’ after trailing team mate Bottas on Friday
Hamilton struggled to get in the groove around Sochi

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