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British GP: Difficult FP2 for ROKiT Williams


By Andrew Hooper
July 12 2019

The second Friday practice session for the 2019 British GP would turn out to be a more difficult one for the ROKiT Williams Team. Both drivers would finish slowest in the times but this time Robert Kubica would finish ahead of team-mate George Russell. Both drivers would set their quickest times.on the soft tyre. But both would finish the session over a second slower than the cars in front. For George his session was also hindered by a gearbox issue that would see him lose a big part of the session as the team worked to fix the issue. Unfortunately he would not return for the later part of the session.

 
 ROKiT Williams British GP Friday 2nd Practice
 
Kubica
 

Team Summary:
The start of the second Friday practice session for the 2019 British Grand Prix would see Raikkonen first out trying to make up for lost time in the first session. He would set a 1m:31.868 running on the medium tyre. More drivers would start to come out and Magnussen would set a 1m:29.595 followed by Norris and Raikkonen. Both Williams drivers were out on soft tyre runs. Kvyat would go quicker with a 1m:29.413. A 1m:28.311 from Norris set on the medium tyre. Kvyat was second followed by Gasly and Magnussen. Bottas would go quickest with a 1m:27.191 followed now by Verstappen, Leclerc, and Hamilton.

Both Williams drivers would continue their soft tyre runs. Bottas had improved his quickest time with a 1m:26.781 now followed by Verstappen and Gasly. Leclerc was fourth followed by Hamilton, Norris, Hulkenberg, Giovinazzi, Albon, and Ricciardo tenth. Vettel would move up to fifth ahead of Hamilton. With just under an hour remaining both Williams drivers would return both again on the soft tyre. Hamilton would go second now ahead of Leclerc with all the drivers now on soft tyre runs. A 1m:26.732 from Bottas as drivers struggled with the windy conditions. Leclerc was third followed by Vettel, Gasly, and Verstappen sixth.

Forty minutes remaining and Norris was now sixth and Sainz eighth for McLaren. It was confirmed that George would not return to the session as a result of a gearbox issue. With fifteen minutes remaining the Virtual Safety car would be deployed when Ricciardo would stop on the run off area after his engine shutdown. The session would see drivers completing longer runs with Williams focusing on a run with the hard tyre. The session would end with Bottas quickest from Hamilton, Leclerc, Vettel, Gasly, Norris, Verstappen, Sainz, Albon and Perez tenth. For Williams their drivers would finish at the bottom of the times with Robert ahead of George, but George was not able to complete his second soft tyre run so could have gone quicker. But again the pair were over a second behind the next car in front of them.

Robert Kubica:
Robert would also come out for a soft tyre run. A 1mn:31.952 from Robert on his first timed lap. Robert would improve with a 1m:31.184 to move ahead of his team-mate. Robert would pit after a seven lap run. Robert would have a moment, spinning on the exit of Club. Robert would improve lower his time down to a 1m:29.935 to move ahead of George. After a seven lap run Robert would pit. With just over half an hour remaining and Robert would come back out for another soft tyre run. Robert would pit after a four lap run. He would return this time on the hard tyre with just over twenty minutes remaining. He was on a long run on the hard tyre. With the end of the session he would complete eighteen laps prior to completing a practice start at the grid.

George Russell:
George would be first out for Williams running on the soft tyre. George would set a 1m:31.425 to be two seconds off the quickest time. George would improve with a 1m:30.762 to be 0.4 ahead of Robert. A further improvement from George to see him set a 1m:30.514. George would pit after a nine lap run. George would be forced to return to his pit with a technical issue with his car. George had come on the radio saying that he had an anti stall in his car and asked to use his clutch and then would enter the pit lane looking to return to his pit. The leak was confirm as gearbox oil and that he would take no further part in the session.

 
Russell
 
Pos Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1m26.732s - 25
2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m26.801s 0.069s 35
3 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1m26.929s 0.197s 30
4 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m27.180s 0.448s 30
5 Pierre Gasly Red Bull-Honda 1m27.249s 0.517s 31
6 Lando Norris McLaren-Renault 1m27.546s 0.814s 38
7 Max Verstappen Red Bull-Honda 1m27.562s 0.830s 32
8 Carlos Sainz Jr. McLaren-Renault 1m27.987s 1.255s 39
9 Alexander Albon Toro Rosso-Honda 1m27.997s 1.265s 38
10 Sergio Perez Racing Point-Mercedes 1m28.002s 1.270s 32
11 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso-Honda 1m28.008s 1.276s 36
12 Kevin Magnussen Haas-Ferrari 1m28.059s 1.327s 30
13 Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo-Ferrari 1m28.126s 1.394s 33
14 Daniel Ricciardo Renault 1m28.128s 1.396s 17
15 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1m28.217s 1.485s 34
16 Lance Stroll Racing Point-Mercedes 1m28.240s 1.508s 37
17 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo-Ferrari 1m28.294s 1.562s 28
18 Romain Grosjean Haas-Ferrari 1m28.794s 2.062s 26
19 Robert Kubica Williams-Mercedes 1m29.935s 3.203s 37
20 George Russell Williams-Mercedes 1m30.514s 3.782s 11
 
Russell
 

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