It looks like Ferrari are going to have to dig deep if they are to prevent Mercedes taking pole in Russia this afternoon. Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas topped final practice, as Sebastian Vettel trailed in third, more than half a second behind his championship rival.
The final hour of running ahead of qualifying was completed in dry and sunny conditions and saw Kimi Raikkonen back up his Ferrari team mate in fourth, with Max Verstappen leading the Red Bull charge from Daniel Ricciardo in fifth – though both are set to start from near the back of the grid due to engine penalties.
After Verstappen, no one else could get within a second of Hamilton’s 1m 33.067s marker – a new outright track record for the Sochi Autodrom. Ricciardo aside, Charles Leclerc came closest, with an encouraging P7 for Sauber after his struggles with set-up on Friday.
Both Force Indias made the top ten, with Esteban Ocon and Sergio Perez split by the Haas of Kevin Magnussen, whose team mate Romain Grosjean survived a spin en route to 13th.