Follow live the second free practice for the Russian Grand Prix with Max Verstappen chasing Mercedes. What can he do a few hours later?
The Formula 1 Grand Prix weekend continues with the second free practice. Now there is still driving, not knowing what the rest of the weekend will look like. Rain could in theory paralyze Saturday completely. FP1 can just be the last training and so people will be eager to do a lot.
Below you will find the live timing and the live blog. The times automatically refresh during the training, so that you are always aware of the current position. In the blog we provide you with the latest news and all developments during the second free practice in Russia. You can easily switch between the live timing and the live blog in the block below.
LIVE: F1 2021 Russian Grand Prix Free Practice 2
September 24, 2021, 15:02 | Late drama for Gasly
Gasly is limping back to the pits without his front wing. Replays show it breaking off as he bounced over the kerbs at Turn 2. Not the way he would have wanted to end the session.
September 24, 2021, 15:01 | No crash
It was the bun curbs that killed his front wing.
September 24, 2021, 15:00 | Chequered flag!
Session is completed. Free practice 2 comes to an end as the chequered flag drops. That’s a wrap for Friday’s running in Sochi.
September 24, 2021,14:55 | Current top 10
September 24, 2021, 14:48 | A very busy track
Plenty of drivers are back out on track and working their way through some longer runs.
September 24, 2021, 14:41 | An issue for Raikkonen
Raikkonen, reports an issue with his eye, which was already the case in free practice 1. He’s told there is time for it to be assessed.
September 24, 2021, 14:35 | Crash for Giovinazzi
He went backwards against the wall with a badly broken back as a result. The red flag is a logical consequence.
September 24, 2021, 14:27 | Verstappen improves on softs
However, he is one second behind the leading Mercedes. But, why go for fast times when you know you’re starting from the back? From now on, of course, the focus will only be on finding the perfect race setup.
September 24, 2021, 14:18 | Verstappen starts from the back
Red Bull has swapped Max Verstappen’s engine. Between the first and second free practice, Red Bull has spooned a new Honda power unit into the RB16B. That means he will start at the back of the Russian GP thanks to a grid penalty.
September 24, 2021 , 14:10 | Perez faster than Verstappen
That while he is also on the medium tires.
September 24, 2021, 14:04 | Verstappen in action on medium tires
The Red Bull driver also took to the track this time.
September 24, 2021, 14:02 | Engine problems for Ricciardo
Met has discovered a problem that can be solved tonight. That is why they have just mounted an old engine for the second free practice. The team reports this, while the first drivers report on the track.
September 24, 2021, 14:00 | Red Bull asks FIA for weather update
It is team manager Jonathan Wheatley who asks if there is a chance that qualifying will take place on Sunday morning. Race director Michael Masi then indicates that there may also be a chance late Saturday afternoon.
September 24, 2021, 13:47 | Weather conditions
It’s dry. The outside temperature is slightly below 20 degrees Celsius and the asphalt indicates over 33 degrees. As said: the rain is not forecast now, but it will be on Saturday.
September 24, 2021, 13:41 | Grid penalties for Verstappen and Leclerc
Max Verstappen was of course lost three places for causing the crash with Lewis Hamilton at Monza, while Ferrari screwed a new engine into Charles Leclerc’s SF21. He starts the race from the back of the grid.
September 24, 2021, 13:30 | Honda came with a seriously big upgrade
The ES, which was introduced quite tacitly on Max Verstappen’s bike before the Belgian Grand Prix, is actually the first new ES since Honda rejoined the sport in 2015. All batteries after that were more or less further developments, so until a few weeks ago. It shows once again that Honda refuses to stand still as the farewell to Formula 1 draws ever closer.
September 24, 2021, 13:13 | Bad weather forecast for Saturday
The possibility that qualifying on Saturday cannot take place at the scheduled time is increasingly being taken into account in the F1 paddock. Heavy rain is expected, which may make driving impossible. The first F3 race has therefore already been brought forward and will be run later today instead of tomorrow.