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Mercedes dominate practice as Sochi weekend gets underway // Rosberg and Hamilton head one session apiece

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Mercedes dominate practice as Sochi weekend gets underway
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Nico Rosberg was the fastest driver in first practice for the Russian Grand Prix, as he and Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton duked it out for the top spot in those initial ninety minutes. Vettel and Räikkönen were close behind with Felipe Massa fourth fastest, despite having a short session due to a clutch problem.

Sergey Sirotkin was in for Renault, appearing in front of his home crowd for a single session, with Celis in at Force India once again. Manor had technical issues on both their cars which got their day off to a difficult start.

For the second session, Hamilton moved ahead to finish the day on top. Sebastian Vettel brought out the virtual safety car when his Ferrari stopped due to an electrical problem. Romain Grosjean spun out on track and brought out the yellow flags, whilst Manor driver Pascal Wehrlein reported a loss of power and stopped running, but it was after the session had finished so caused no major issues.