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Summary

  1. Massa fastest in wet second practice
  2. Few drivers set times
  3. Alonso pits with problem
  4. Get involved #myidealcircuit: design your own circuit
  5. Hulkenberg fastest in first practice

Live Reporting

By Gary Rose

All times stated are UK

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Formula 1
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Right it is time to call time on our coverage of a day of practice that will live long in the memory. Actually, no it won't because it was rubbish. 

I'm off to follow Felipe Massa's lead, so I'll point you in the direction of Andrew Benson's report from FP2 and we'll be back at 09:00 BST for build up to final practice.

With little done today, tomorrow does at least promise to be a bit more hectic. Join us then.

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I don't even know what is going on here...

@bbcf1 #myidealcircuit The disgusting GP Spaghetti Junction. A really frustrating circuit to encapsulate the place.

@bbcf1 #myidealcircuit The disgusting GP Spaghetti Junction. A really frustrating circuit to encapsulate the place.

How was the car today #r8main ? In the garage... 😂 #lol Lot of work plan for tomorrow morning... #RussianGP #f1

It was more eventful off the circuit today than on it, with Red Bull's future in F1 once again under the spotlight.

The team are finalising a split from engine partner Renault but have been unable to secure a replacement on terms that satisfy them.

Mercedes have refused to supply them and Ferrari will not sell them their definitive 2016 engines next year.

Ferrari are offering 2015 engines but Red Bull want parity of performance.

Read more from Andrew Benson here.

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@BBCSport #myidealcircuit Here's my design for a Rome Street Circuit. Can't see it, but it passes by the Coliseum.

@BBCSport #myidealcircuit Here's my design for a Rome Street Circuit. Can't see it, but it passes by the Coliseum.

Daniel Ricciardo
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Clearly it is an unnatural thing for Daniel Ricciardo not to smile, so much so that he has to force a frown. That session was not much fun for the Australian, just one lap completed in 90 minutes. 

Just eight timed laps in FP2, so plenty of work to do tomorrow. Could make for an exciting weekend, with so little preparation #RussianGP

FP2 result

1) Massa 2) Vettel 3) Bottas 4) Verstappen 5) Alonso 6) Kvyat 7) Sainz 8) Button 9) Eosberg 10) Ericsson 

11) Hamilton 12) Perez 13) Hulkenberg 14) Ricciardo 15) Raikkonen 16) Grosjean 17) Nasr 18) Maldonado 19) Stevens 20) Merhi

Felipe Massa snatches the honour of being the fastest driver at the end of a rain-affected FP2 with 2:00.458.

Chequered flag

Felipe Massa
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Felipe Massa finishes fastest in second practice for the Russian Grand Prix.

One minute left but Mercedes have called time on their practice session, Manor do likewise.

Meanwhile, Valtteri Bottas looks set to finish with the fastest time as he climbs into P1 with a 2:00.688.

Sebastian Vettel, sixth fastest of the eight drivers to complete timed laps, runs wide just before the chequered flag comes out.

After his frustrated radio messages in Japan, it is a brave person who tells Fernando Alonso of a potential problem with his McLaren. 

Someone has to do just that, though, as he is told: "We have a problem. Box."

Fernando Alonso
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A tentative look at the moment; back through the pit-lane for practice starts. Start procedure the main thing practised today #RussianGP

Felipe Massa grabbed 40 winks earlier and, refreshed and raring to go, he heads out for the first time this afternoon. Daniil Kvyat's first timed lap of the session - 2:01.418 - sees him slot into P3.

Like in Japan, things are being set up for a very frantic final practice session tomorrow as teams look to make up for lost time.

Into the final 10 minutes and the two Red Bulls head out for some late laps. Meanwhile, Jenson Button becomes only the fourth driver to complete a timed effort with a 2:06.749.

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As a Leeds native myself I like this design.

#myidealcircuit going to have fun with this! Leeds City Circuit! Great straight down the headrow, great calls corners

#myidealcircuit going to have fun with this! Leeds City Circuit! Great straight down the headrow, great calls corners

Formula 1
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Eleven of the 20 cars have been out on the circuit with 15 minutes remaining of the session. Just as it looked likw the rain had passed, it falls again as Nico Hulkenberg has a little wobble, briefly losing his rear before recovering. 

The rain is getting heavier. It looks like Max Verstappen's 2:00.806 is on course to stand as the fastest time of this session.

Carlos Sainz gets caught out by the wet surface as he runs a little wide coming out of Turn 17. No major drama as he rights himself and gets back on his way.

Max Verstappen puts down his best lap of the session so far as a 2:00.806 sees him up into P1 before he pits, leaving Carlos Sainz briefly alone on the circuit before Sergio Perez joins him.

Staying dry in the garage. Feels more like Spa than Sochi. Brrr. ☔️ #RussianGP

Staying dry in the garage. Feels more like Spa than Sochi. Brrr. ☔️ #RussianGP

Max Verstappen's Toro Rosso team-mate Carlos Sainz gets his name on the timing board with a 2:03.805, briefly popping him into P2 before Verstappen goes 1.5s faster.

The sky is a bit brighter above the circuit, but some of the track still look very wet.

Max Verstappen is out and sets the second fastest lap of the afternoon, a 2:04.858 which is 3.8s off Fernando Alonso's time. 

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@bbcf1 #myidealcircuit big elevation changes, a crossover and plenty of twisty bends

@bbcf1 #myidealcircuit big elevation changes, a crossover and plenty of twisty bends

Busy, busy, busy! Daniil Kvyat gives the home fans something to cheer about as he becomes the seventh driver to head out on to the circuit.

A bit more action on the circuit, with 28 minutes remaining. Just as I thought I was going to lose you to the adventures of Bergerac as well...

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Lewis Hamilton is out for the first time in this session. Fernando Alonso has completed the most about of laps of any driver in this session, with a whopping seven...

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@bbcf1 @BBCSport F1 in cardiff??? 😝😝 #myidealcircuit #bbcf1 #FP2

@bbcf1 @BBCSport F1 in cardiff??? 😝😝 #myidealcircuit #bbcf1 #FP2

Here's the selfie Romain Grosjean is talking about...

Team selfie... Smile power 👍💪✌️ #teamspirit #r8main #RussianGP #FP2

Team selfie... Smile power 👍💪✌️ #teamspirit #r8main #RussianGP #FP2

Boring day for Grosjean

Lotus
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Jennie Gow has caught a word with Romain Grosjean, who is competing in his final few races at Lotus before joining new team Haas F1 next season. How has he found the day so far?

"Boring. The rain came just before FP2 so we did a selfie with the team, we discussed the track but it looks like one part is wet so no point running. We'll just have to wait and do all the work on Saturday morning."

With little chance for meaningful long runs today, there's going to be a big workload in FP3 tomorrow as teams prepare for quali and race.

Formula 1
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Is the title out of reach for Nico Rosberg? Not mathematically, but it is looking increasingly unlikely as he trails Lewis Hamilton by 48 points with five races remaining.

The circuit briefly falls silent as Fernando Alonso and Valtteri Bottas head in, but Nico Rosberg decides to join the fray for the first time this afternoon and give the patient Sochi crowd something to cheer about.

Fernando Alonso continues to put some laps in and lowers his best time to 2:01.077.

Meanwhile, Valtteri Bottas provides feedback on his stint on the track: "It is quite tricky conditions Turn 12 to the exit of Turn 1 is quite wet."

Fernando Alonso
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We have a time on the board! A very tentative 2:05.599 from Fernando Alonso but the clouds are clearing and Valtteri Bottas decides it is time to have his first venture on the circuit.