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Austrian GP: Frustrating race for ROKiT Williams Team


By Andrew Hooper
July 1 2019

The results of the 2019 Austrian GP again would have both ROKiT Williams drivers at the bottom of the order. George Russell would finish 18th and Robert Kubica 20th. Again this was a frustrating race kicked off by George having to start from the pit lane and even though Robert would make another good start and both drivers would fight with the cars in front for a short time but agian the lack of performance from the FW42 would see them struggle to match the pace of those in front and would be unable to avoid been lapped. 

 
 ROKiT Williams Austrian Grand Prix Race Review
 
Russell
 

The seventy one lap 2019 Austrian Grand Prix would see the ROKiT Williams Team drivers start from 17th with Robert Kubica but team-mate George Russell would be forced to start from the pit lane as the team made a change to his front wing to a different specification. In terms of tyres Leclerc on pole would start on soft tyres. Those behind him were on the medium tyre down to fifth, including both Mercedes, where Norris would start on the soft tyre. The rest of the top ten including Raikkonen, Giovinazzi, Gasly, Vettel and Magnussen were also on the soft tyre. Both Williams drivers were on the medium tyre along with everyone in the bottom half of the grid.

The grid would complete their formation lap and with the start it would be Leclerc leading from Bottas and Norris. Verstappen would make a poor start as Hamilton passed Norris. Robert was fifteen but would drop to sixteenth. Raikkonen was now fourth followed by Norris, Vettel Verstappen, Gasly, Giovinazzi and Magnussen tenth. For Williams Robert was running 17th and George 20th having started from the pit lane. Vettel would pass Norris for fifth while for Williams George was able to get past both Robert and Kvyat to be 18th. Robert was running last and dropping away from Kvyat. Raikkonen and Verstappen would pass Norris seeing him now seventh. The order was Leclerc, Bottas, Hamilton, Vettel, Raikkonen, Verstappen, Norris, Gasly, Giovinazzi, and Perez tenth..

 
Kubica
 

George would try to pass Grosjean after Albon had passed the Haas. Magnussen on the soft tyre had dropped down the order and would be forced to pit seeing him last. he was running on the hard tyre while George was running in 17th and Robert 19th. Lap fourteen and Leclerc was leading by 3.9s over Bottas. Magnussen would get a drive through penalty for been out of position on the start grid. Norris had passed Raikkonen to move up to sixth. Kvyat was able to pass George for 18th seeing the Williams pair 18th and 19th. Vettel was now fourth still on the soft tyre. Robert would pit on lap twenty two taking on the hard tyre. He was able to get out still in front of Magnussen. Raikkonen had pitted taking on the hard tyre.

Lap twenty three and both Bottas and Vettel would pit. Both would take on the hard tyre but Vettel would have a slow pit stop returning down in 11th. Magnussen would pass Robert while Giovinazzi would pit dropping to 16th. Norris would pit from 6th on lap twenty seven. he was joined by Gasly and Stroll all taking the hard tyre. Leclerc would also pit seeing Hamilton now leading from Verstappen while Leclerc was now third. George would pit on lap thirty taking on the hard tyre returning still in 18th. Hamilton would complain about his front wing and losing time. Hamilton would pit on lap thirty two and would change to hard tyres as well as getting a new front wing. He would return behind Vettel down in fifth.

 
Russell
 

With the pit stops completed the order would be Leclerc, Bottas, Vettel, Verstappen, Hamilton, Sainz, Ricciardo, Norris, Gasly, and Raikkonen tenth. For Williams George was till in 18th and Robert 20th. Ricciardo would finally pit on lap forty nine switching from the medium to the soft now in 14th. Verstappen was now challenging Vettel for third but Vettel was able to keep in front. But finally he would pass the Ferrari using the DRS and then started to drive towards Bottas in second. Vettel would pit on lap fifty two taking on a new set of soft tyres. He would return behind Hamilton in fifth. Despite radio calls complaining about issues with his engine Verstappen was able to get past Bottas for second. The team had been able to fix his issue and was now under control.

 
Kubica
 

For Williams their race had again failed to deliver despite what looked like a better start to the race for both drivers. George was still running in 18th while Robert had continued to fall back from the car in front Magnussen. At the front Verstappen would continue to close in onto Leclerc. Lap sixty six and Leclerc was only 1.1 seconds in front of Verstappen. But he would close with just a few laps remaining and would eventually pass the Ferrari after a small amount of contact. Vettel was able to pass Hamilton for fourth on the last lap. So Verstappen would complete his final lap and would take victory in the 2019 Austrian GP. Second would be Leclerc from Bottas, Vettel, Hamilton, Norris, Gasly, Sainz, Raikkonen and Giovinazzi tenth. For Williams George would finish in 18th and Robert 20th. Again it was a race that saw the Williams drivers start the race well abut would drop away as the tyres became used. But the contact between Verstappen and Leclerc was under investigation but after a lengthy period the race win was declared for Verstappen.

 

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