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German GP: FP2 and ROKiT Williams continues evaluations


By Andrew Hooper
July 26 2019

The second Friday practice session for the 2019 German GP would again see the ROKiT Williams team work on evaluating the new updates they were been run on Robert Kubica's car. But they would also evaluate George Russell's car with both cars seen to be carrying flow viz on various parts of the car during the session. They would run all three tyre types between the pair over the course of the session. Again they would finish slowest of the field but it seemed that the team was not looking for outright pace during the session.

 
 ROKiT Williams German GP Friday 2nd Practice
 
Russell
 

Team Summary:
Norris would be the first driver to set a time in the second Friday practice session for the 2019 German Grand Prix setting am1;16.407 only to see Magnussen fastest only to see Norris set a 1m:15.806 with Norris on the hard tyre. A 1m:15.673 from Grosjean also on the hard tyre. More drivers started to set times with Sainz quickest with a 1m:15.457 only to see Raikkonen go quicker on the medium tyre with a 1m:15.177. Stroll was third followed by Sainz. But both Ferrari's would go quicker with Leclerc setting a 1m :14.589 followed by Vettel with Leclerc on the hard tyre and Vettel the medium. Raikkonen was now third but Gasly would move ahead.

The hard and medium tyre were the only ones been used so far in the session with an hour and twelve minutes remaining. Hamilton on the medium tyre would set a 1m:14.456 to go quickest. Leclerc was second now followed by Bottas, Vettel and Gasly. But Verstappen would go third fastest on the medium tyre. Both Williams slowest with Robert having not set a time. Bottas was able to move into second ahead of Leclerc. Hamilton was able to improve with a 1m:14.074 as Grosjean went second on the soft tyre. More drivers were now running on the soft tyre with Vettel using this tyre to go fastest with a 1m:13.573. Hamilton was second followed by Grosjean, Stroll, Raikkonen, Bottas, Hulkenberg, Perez, Leclerc and Verstappen tenth. But quite a few drivers had yet to set soft tyre times.

Using the soft tyre Leclerc would go quickest with a 1m:13.449. Vettel was second followed by Hamilton and Bottas. Vettel would return on the medium tyre for short run then would switch to the soft tyre. But the session would be red flagged when Gasly was to crash at the final corner with his car going into the barrier damaging the left front suspension. There was just ten minutes remaining as his car was returned to the pit lane. With the restart there would be a rush of drivers coming out with a mix of hard and medium tyres been used. So with the end of the session it would remain Leclerc from Vettel, Hamilton, Bottas, Verstappen, Grosjean, Stroll, Raikkonen, Hulkenberg and Perez tenth. For Williams George would finish ahead of Robert in a session that was not one for outright pace but would seem to be a series of evaluations on both cars.

Robert Kubica:
It was shown that Robert's car was been worked on by his mechanics at the start of the session with his car up in the air. Robert would eventually come out running on the medium tyre. He would pit after a single lap. Robert had yet to set a time with an hour and five minutes remaining. Robert was able to return to set his first timed lap with a 1m:17.485 to be ahead of his team-mate. A small improvement with a 1m:17.439 as Robert pitted after a seven lap run. With just over forty five minutes remaining Robert would return running on the soft tyre. He would set a 1m:16.980 to remain behind George. He would pit after a six lap run. Twenty five minutes remaining and Robert would come out again on the medium tyre. He would complete five laps before been forced to pit with Gasly's red flag. With the restart Robert would return running on the soft tyre with more flow viz to be seen on his car as the session ended. He would pit after a six lap run.

George Russell:
With ten minutes of the session completed George would come out running on the hard tyre. George would set a 1m:17.879 and would improve with a 1m:17.608. With out improving George would pit after a six lap run. With just under an hour remaining George would return to the track this time on the soft tyre. George would set a 1m:16.900 to be 19th. George would pit completing a practice pit stop. With thirty minutes remaining George would return on a further run on the soft tyre. He would complete just three laps switching to the hard tyre. He would be forced to pit after a five lap run as a result of a red flag. George would return running on the hard tyre again pitting after a single lap completing a practice pit stop. With the end of the session George had remained in his pit.

 
Kubica
 
Pos Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1m13.449s - 33
2 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m13.573s 0.124s 30
3 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m13.595s 0.146s 30
4 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1m14.111s 0.662s 30
5 Max Verstappen Red Bull-Honda 1m14.133s 0.684s 23
6 Romain Grosjean Haas-Ferrari 1m14.179s 0.730s 33
7 Lance Stroll Racing Point-Mercedes 1m14.268s 0.819s 32
8 Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo-Ferrari 1m14.458s 1.009s 33
9 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1m14.472s 1.023s 26
10 Sergio Perez Racing Point-Mercedes 1m14.518s 1.069s 30
11 Carlos Sainz Jr. McLaren-Renault 1m14.662s 1.213s 34
12 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso-Honda 1m14.800s 1.351s 39
13 Daniel Ricciardo Renault 1m15.010s 1.561s 33
14 Alexander Albon Toro Rosso-Honda 1m15.062s 1.613s 36
15 Pierre Gasly Red Bull-Honda 1m15.089s 1.640s 19
16 Lando Norris McLaren-Renault 1m15.247s 1.798s 29
17 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo-Ferrari 1m15.406s 1.957s 31
18 Kevin Magnussen Haas-Ferrari 1m15.470s 2.021s 28
19 George Russell Williams-Mercedes 1m16.900s 3.451s 27
20 Robert Kubica Williams-Mercedes 1m16.980s 3.531s 26
 
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