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Singapore GP: Williams Martini continues to struggle in FP3

By Andrew Hooper
September 15 2018

The final practice session for the 2018 Singapore GP would see the Williams Martini team fail to make any real improvements with their drivers completing the session in 18th and 20th. Sergey Sirotkin would finish 0.3 ahead of team-mate Lance Stroll in what was an unevetful if not disappointing session for the Williams team. The prospects for qualifying were looking far from promising.

 Williams Martini Singapore GP Saturday Practice

Team Summary:
Both Williams drivers would complete their installation laps using the ultrasoft tyre. With eight minutes completed only the Ferrari drivers were on the track both on the hypersoft tyre. Raikkonen would set a 1m:40.012 to set the quickest time. Vettel would move ahead with a 1m:40.008 while Hulkenberg would be the next out running on the soft tyre. More drivers would start to return to the track including Bottas and Hamilton both on the soft tyre. Bottas was now third followed by Lance and Hulkenberg. Hartley using the hypersoft tyre was now third with forty minutes remaining. Both Ferrari's were back in their pits as Bottas and Hamilton moved up to third and fourth.

Ocon and Grosjean were now in third and fourth both on the hypersoft tyre. The Williams drivers were now in 14th and 16th while at the front Gasly was sixth using the hypersoft tyre. Perez and Alonso would move into fifth and sixth also using the hypersoft tyre. The Williams drivers would continue to fall down the times now been 18th and 19th but with Verstappen yet to set a time. The top ten was now Vettel, Raikkonen, Ocon, Perez, Alonso, Bottas, Grosjean, Gasly, Vandoorne, and Magnussen tenth. Vettel was back out again on the hypersoft tyre and would set a 1m:38.054. Ricciardo was now seventh running on the soft tyre. Verstappen using the soft tyre would set a 1m:40.826 to now be third and this would see the Williams drivers again slowest. Both Mercedes were out on the hypersoft tyre run with seventeen minutes remaining. Hamilton would move into third and Bottas fourth.

Fifteen minutes remaining and Vettel was leading comfortably over Raikkonen, Hamilton, Bottas, Verstappen, Ocon, Perez, Alonso, Ricciardo, and Grosjean tenth. Neither Red Bull had done a hypersoft tyre run. Grosjean and Magnussen were now fifth and sixth after runs on the hypersoft tyre. Neither Renault had set a time except for one the soft tyre. Ocon would split the two Hass cars going sixth. Alonso was seventh pushing Magnussen into eighth. Gasly was ninth and Vandoorne tenth. Hamilton continued to improve his time but remained in third. Both Mercedes had pitted as Sainz went ninth. On the hypersoft tyre Verstappen went fifth but Ricciardo would take this spot with Verstappen now sixth. Hulkenberg would move up to tenth after a hypersoft tyre run.

So after their qualifying simulations the Williams drivers were now 18th and 20th. The top ten were Vettel, Raikkonen, Hamilton, Bottas, Ricciardo, Verstappen, Grosjean, Ocon, Perez and Alonso in tenth. For the Williams team this session did not see any real improvement remaining at the bottom of the times. The gap between the two Williams drivers were three tenths with Sergey leading in the session.

Lance Stroll:
Lance would join his team-mate also on the ultrasoft tyre also pitting after a single lap. Lance would return with forty seven laps remaining using the hypersoft tyre. Lance would set a 1m:43.342 to currently be third. He would drop down to fifth and then down to eighth and then quickly to 14th. Lance continued to do a longer run on the hypersoft tyre. With thirty two minutes remaining Lance was now 18th. Lance had pitted and with under thirty minutes remaining he would return but would would pit again after a single lap. With six minutes remaining Lance would return on a new set of hypersoft tyres. Lance would set a 1m:42.220 to now be 18th. Lance would drop to 20th with the end of the session.

Sergey Sirotkin:
Sergey would be first out for Williams in the final practice session running on the ultrasoft tyre. He would pit after a single lap. Sergey would be amongst the next group of drivers coming out running on the hypersoft tyre. Sergey would set a 1m:43.825 to currently be seventh then ninth. As others went quicker he would drop to 11th. This would become 16th as the session progressed. Sergey was also doing an extended run on the hypersoft tyre. Sergey would drop to 19th even though he had set a 1m:43.387. Sergey had also pitted and would return on another set of hypersoft tyre. Sergey would fail to improve pitting after a six lap run. Sergey would follow his team-mate out also on a set of new hypersoft tyres. Sergey would set a 1m:41.884 to now be 17th after having a moment earlier locking his right front. This would become 18th as Hulkenberg went quicker and the session came to a close

Pos Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m38.054s - 19
2 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m38.416s 0.362s 16
3 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m38.558s 0.504s 14
4 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1m38.603s 0.549s 17
5 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull-Renault 1m39.186s 1.132s 14
6 Max Verstappen Red Bull-Renault 1m39.265s 1.211s 10
7 Romain Grosjean Haas-Ferrari 1m39.747s 1.693s 14
8 Esteban Ocon Force India-Mercedes 1m40.073s 2.019s 14
9 Sergio Perez Force India-Mercedes 1m40.231s 2.177s 14
10 Fernando Alonso McLaren-Renault 1m40.254s 2.200s 10
11 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1m40.450s 2.396s 17
12 Kevin Magnussen Haas-Ferrari 1m40.559s 2.505s 13
13 Carlos Sainz Renault 1m40.591s 2.537s 14
14 Pierre Gasly Toro Rosso-Honda 1m40.686s 2.632s 16
15 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren-Renault 1m40.798s 2.744s 15
16 Charles Leclerc Sauber-Ferrari 1m40.915s 2.861s 20
17 Brendon Hartley Toro Rosso-Honda 1m41.562s 3.508s 18
18 Sergey Sirotkin Williams-Mercedes 1m41.884s 3.830s 19
19 Marcus Ericsson Sauber-Ferrari 1m41.953s 3.899s 18
20 Lance Stroll Williams-Mercedes 1m42.220s 4.166s 18

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