Hello and welcome to ESPN's coverage of second practice for the Russian Grand Prix at Sochi.
Nico Rosberg set the pace this morning, narrowly beating Lewis Hamilton to P1 as the drivers got to grips with the new circuit for the first time. It looked like the sweeping left-hander at Turn 3 was being taken flat-out, while drivers were struggling at Turn 2 and Turn 13 as they all tried to find the limits of the track early on.
Of course, there is a cloud hanging over proceedings here in Sochi. Jules Bianchi is at the back of everybody's minds. Marussia is only running Max Chilton's car today, with Bianchi's car set up in the garage as a mark of respect to the injured Frenchman.
@FlyingFinn: Hard to tell until we see cars on it, the Baku circuit has a rather interesting looking final sector with a twisty straight but it's hard to tell just from the map.
@Kristiyan: Turn 3 in Sochi has been taken flat-out and it will be fascinating to hear what the drivers say about it to the media this afternoon.
@Bhanu: At the moment, I haven't heard anything. But likely the penalties may start building up tonight as teams make changes ahead of qualifying tomorrow.
@eastcoastatwork: Doubt it's ever going to happen. Officially it hasn't been dropped as an idea but when races like Baku can throw heaps of cash at F1, New Jersey is at a disadvantage.
Big shame on a personal level as well, because, as a big fan of the Boss, it would have given me an excuse to go to New Jersey.....
@FlyingFinn: It's an idea that's been floated around. If the rumours he wants a one-year deal before jumping to Mercedes are true, that would certainly make sense as a destination.
@BhanuPrasad: Verstappen certainly, Sirotkin was only four tenths down on Sutil which is an impressive effort for a first time in the car. Merhi has a lot of potential but it's always hard to judge someone driving a Caterham.
Yep. Start saving the pennies!
I think Turn 2 will give some good opportunities in the opening lap, especially on the first lap.
Kobayashi and Gutierrez are both back in their cars after handing them over to youngsters this morning.
The clock is green and Chilton is the first man to head out, in that Marussia adorned in the #JB17.
@Alberto: That was strange this morning, both Red Bulls looked really off the pace. But you never know what teams are running in Friday practice, so it's important never to read too much into it.
@Kristiyan: If they are on the right-hand side of circuit, maybe. But there is such a long run down there I think the main advantage will come from the power unit at a drivers' disposal.
Bottas is out on track this afternoon early, after his FP1 was curtailed by a problem with a faulty tyre blanket.
Early installation laps being completed in this one-and-a-half hour session, where we will see the option tyres brought out for some qualifying simulation runs later on.
@RohanMehta: Remember Valencia? Yeah. That, possibly.
The prime tyre is the medium compound this weekend, with the option tyre the soft compound. We will see both used in the session but at the moment it's the white-striped mediums all the way.
Bottas has set the initial benchmark time, a 1:44.52.
Button's first is a rather slow 1:47.899.
Magnussen jumps to P1, setting a 1:43.961.
@eastcoastatwork: Well we don't know how much improvement there will be on the soft tyre. It has differed from circuit to circuit this season.