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FP1: Bottas lays down a marker as Merc reign in Sochi

Valtteri Bottas was the Mercedes driver to beat in Friday's first practice for the Russian Grand Prix, two-tenths up on his team-mate Lewis Hamilton. But with the Finn having already acknowledged he'll take one for the team if need be as Hamilton chases down Max Verstappen for the World title, Friday may be his only opportunity for a P1 this weekend. The Formula 1 drivers took to the Sochi circuit on what is shaping up to be the only dry day of the race weekend with Carlos Sainz and Charles Leclerc two of the first out, the latter putting his new updated Ferrari hybrid system through its paces. Leclerc will start Sunday's Russian Grand Prix from the back of the grid as it is his fourth PU...
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