F1 is in Sochi and Lewis Hamilton is desperate to get back to winning ways.
The Brit appeared to have the world championship sewn up, but three straight victories have left the door slightly ajar for Ferrari.
RUSSIAN GRAND PRIX POLES
- 2014: Hamilton
- 2015: Rosberg
- 2016: Rosberg
- 2017: Vettel
- 2018: Bottas
VERSTAPPEN ON THE LIMIT
FINAL PRACTICE LAP TIMES
- Leclerc 1:32.733
- Vettel +0.316
- Hamilton +0.396
- Bottas +0.621
- Verstappen +1.494
LEWIS HAMILTON will be out to make a statement at the Sochi Grand Prix.
Since the summer break Ferrari have won three races on the bounce for the first time since 2008.
Hamilton has a healthy lead in the drivers' championship but the Brit has admitted Ferrari could catch up and cause an upset.
But Charles Leclerc was fastest this morning in third practice – as the Ferraris are favourites to secure pole.
Red Bull's Max Verstappen brushed the wall in practice but the contact appears to have been minimal.
Red Bull boss Christian Horner said: “It looks pretty tight (qualifying).
“I think their (Mercede's) party is more like an afternoon tea now compared to what Ferrari have up to their sleeves.
“You can't write them off, Ferrari are definitely the benchmark now.”
On Verstappen's incidentt, Horner said: “It was the lightest of touches, but we will investigate it.”
Mercedes have won the last five races in Sochi since 2014 – with Hamilton winning on three occasions.
Source: Read Full Article