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Charles Leclerc was quickest in final practice ahead of qualifying at the Russia Grand Prix

Charles Leclerc sees off team-mate Sebastian Vettel in final practice ahead of Russia GP qualifying

  • Charles Leclerc saw off team-mate Sebastian Vettel by 0.316 seconds  
  • Ferrari dominated at the Sochi Autodrome and Lewis Hamilton was third  
  • Hamilton is heading into Russia Grand Prix on Sunday with 65-point lead 
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Charles Leclerc led Sebastian Vettel as Ferrari dominated the final practice session in Russia.

Leclerc saw off team-mate Vettel by 0.316 seconds at the Sochi Autodrome, with Lewis Hamilton third.

Hamilton, who heads into tomorrow’s grand prix with a 65-point championship lead, finished four tenths off Leclerc’s pace.

Charles Leclerc was quickest in final practice ahead of qualifying at the Russia Grand Prix

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Charles Leclerc was quickest in final practice ahead of qualifying at the Russia Grand Prix

Ferrari are the sport’s form team after recording a hat-trick of victories since the summer break.

And the Scuderia appear to hold the advantage heading into qualifying with Leclerc topping the time charts for a second time this weekend.

Hamilton believes Mercedes will be underdogs for the remainder of the campaign, but the championship leader might be encouraged to be within a tenth of Vettel.

Sebastian Vettel was second quickest in the final practice as Ferrari dominated

Sebastian Vettel was second quickest in the final practice as Ferrari dominated

Sebastian Vettel was second quickest in the final practice as Ferrari dominated

His team-mate Valtteri Bottas finished fourth, 0.621 sec slower than Leclerc.

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Red Bull driver Max Verstappen ended the final running before qualifying in fifth place.

The Dutchman, who will serve a five-place grid penalty for changes to his engine, spun in the final sector before finishing 1.4 sec off the pace.

British teenager Lando Norris was ninth in his McLaren, while home favourite Daniil Kvyat broke down following an engine failure.

Lewis Hamilton was third and thinks Mercedes will be underdogs for the rest of the season

Lewis Hamilton was third and thinks Mercedes will be underdogs for the rest of the season

Lewis Hamilton was third and thinks Mercedes will be underdogs for the rest of the season

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