Mercedes' British driver Lewis Hamilton steers his car during the first practice session of the Formula One Russian Grand Prix at the Sochi Autodrom circuit in Sochi on September 28, 2018. / AFP / Alexander NEMENOV
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Formula One championship leader Lewis Hamilton led the way as Mercedes ended the first day of Russian Grand Prix practice with a dominant one-two on the time sheets while Ferrari struggled.The Briton, 40 points clear of Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel with six races remaining, lapped Sochi's 5.8-kilometer Olympic Park circuit with a best time of one minute 33.385 seconds on the hypersoft tires.Vettel is running out of time to rein in Hamilton, who has seven victories to his name this season, including four of the last five.Mercedes have won every Russian Grand Prix since the first in 2014, with Hamilton twice victorious and teammate Valtteri Bottas winning last year after now-retired Nico Rosberg in 2016 .
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