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Abu Dhabi GP: Williams Martini Friday Practice Review

By Williams Martini Racing
November 25 2017

 Williams Martini Abu Dhabi GP Friday Practice Review


Felipe Massa:
"I think it was a normal Friday to be honest, I was trying to get a feel for the car and tyres. I did some good lap times too. I didnít feel that anything was different or strange today compared with any other Friday, but maybe when we get to the first race of next season I will miss this, the competition, and everything else. Iím ready for that and I think itís the right time. The only thing I can say is that Iím grateful for everything so letís see how itís going to be Saturday and Sunday. Hopefully we can have a good one and finish well."


Lance Stroll:
"It was a productive day with a lot of running and a good amount of laps, so in general it was good. Tomorrow is when it counts and we want to score points on Sunday. Tonight, we have to look at a few things, but so far it has been a positive day with no big issues. I have a good feel for the car and we are heading in the right direction so everything is positive. I shall work on a few things tonight, especially the last sector, and we need to try and get into Q3, as it has been more difficult with the competitors gaining on us lately. As for the track, it is quite forgiving and I think it is pretty cool driving into the sunset and the night."

Paddy Lowe

Paddy Lowe, Chief Technical Officer:
"It was the final practice of the year and the final Formula One practice for Felipe. We had a good day and we got everything done that we wanted to achieve. Starting with Felipe, we ran a fairly normal programme. We did some special tests in FP1 aimed at 2018, and his pace seemed reasonably competitive, on both high and low fuel. For Lance, he ran a more unusual programme, putting on an extra set of tyres that we borrowed from FP3, to give him a bit more practice particularly aimed at qualifying, which will be in the cooler evening slot that we have for FP2 as opposed to FP3 tomorrow. Itís also the final evening of the year where the mechanics will rebuild the FW40 before itís put away. Itís not something the public get to see, that last build and the last time on the FIA measuring patch, but that will happen somewhere around 2am. I think thatís actually quite a special moment that no one gets to hear about."
Williams F1 Classification
Driver Chassis & Engine FP1 FP2
F MASSA FW38-04 1:40.723 (9th) 1:39.635 (11th)
L STROLL FW38-03 1:41.581 (13th) 1:40.329 (14th)
Quickest Times
    S. Vettel 1:39.006 L. Hamilton 1:37.877
Practice Conditions
  FP1 FP2
Weather Warm and dry Warm and dry
Air  & Track Temp 26-27įC / 43-45įC 25-26įC / 30-32įC

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