Abu Dhabi GP: Williams Martini drivers in top ten in FP2
By Andrew Hooper
November 25 2016
The second Friday practice session for the 2016 Abu Dhabi GP would see both Williams Martini drivers finish in the top ten. Valtteri Bottas would be 7th and team-mate Feliep Massa 10th. It would be an uneventful session for both drivers as they worked through their option tyres runs on the ultrasoft tyre followed by longer runs. The team would split their drivers with Valtteri completing a longer run on the supersoft tyre while Felipe was on the soft.
Martini Abu Dhabi GP Friday 2nd Practice
As the sun started to set the second Friday practice session for the 2016
Abu Dhabi Grand Prix would get underway. Grosjean would be first out with
the soft tyre been the main tyre that the drivers were running on as
Grosjean set a 1m:45.724 to go quickest. Gutierrez would go quicker with a
1m:45.104 on the supersoft tyre. Ten drivers were on the track but this
number would grow. A 1m:44.624 from Alonso to go quickest as Hulkenberg went
third behind Gutierrez. Vettel would set a 1m:43.337 to move ahead of Alonso
running on the soft tyre. Palmer was third followed by Magnussen and
Gutierrez fifth. Verstappen went quickest with a 1m:43.233. with Felipe now
seventh. On the supersoft Raikkonen would go quickest with a 1m:42.808.
Vettel was third followed by Perez and Alonso.
Also using the supersoft tyre Valtteri would go quickest but Vettel would
move ahead with a 1m:42.577 but Raikkonen would also improve with a
1m:42.257 to go quickest. Vettel was second followed by Valtteri,
Verstappen, Ricciardo, Perez, and Felipe. Valtteri was now second while
Rosberg was sixth with a 1m:42.779. Perez was seventh followed by
Hulkenberg. Hamilton was out on the track running on the soft tyre like his
team-mate. With an hour and ten minutes remaining both Williams cars had
pitted. Rosberg was now third with a 1m:42.294 as the track cleared with
just a few cars running. Both Mercedes cars would pit briefly stopping in
their pit boxes then going back out. Hamilton was down in twenty first
complaining that his wheels need rebalancing.
Vettel was out on an ultrasoft tyre run and would go quickest with a
1m:41.404, to be 0.853 ahead of Raikkonen who had set his time on the
supersoft tyre. More drivers were coming out on the ultrasoft tyre including
both Williams cars. The Williams cars would go second and fourth after their
ultrasoft tyre runs. Rosberg was on an ultrasoft tyre run as Vettel improved
with a 1m:41.130. Rosberg would set a 1m:40.940 to go quickest by 0.190 over
Vettel. Hamilton was out on the ultrasoft tyre as Perez went fourth.
Verstappen would go third seeing the Williams drivers now fourth and eighth.
Hamilton would go quickest with a 1m:40.861 to lead Rosberg by just 0.079s.
Perez and Hulkenberg were eighth and ninth. With forty five minutes
remaining the order was Hamilton, Rosberg, Vettel, Verstappen, Raikkonen,
Ricciardo, Valtteri, Perez, Hulkenberg, and Felipe tenth. Ricciardo was able
to move ahead of Raikkonen to be fifth.
Both Mercedes would continue their runs on the ultrasoft tyre as others also
came out for similar runs. Button was up to twelfth as Rosberg switched to
the soft tyre joining Vettel. Rosberg had also changed his front wing to a
development one. Hamilton would also switch to the soft tyre for a long run.
The Williams drivers had split their running with one driver on the
supersoft and the other the soft. Vettel would stop with what he reported as
a gearbox failure. With the end of the session there would be no change in
the order as the drivers focused on longer runs, The Williams drivers were
both in the top ten with a seventh and tenth. Drivers would be allowed to
complete practice starts on the grid.
Valtteri was out with ten minutes of the session completed running on the
supersoft tyre with the team splitting their tyre testing. Valtteri would
set a 1m:42.611 to move to the top of the times. He would drop to third and
would go quickest in the second sector seeing him move up to second with a
1m:42.258. Valtteri would also pit after his supersoft tyre run. With just
over an hour remaining Valtteri would also come out for an ultrasoft tyre
run. Valtteri would set a 1m:41.959 to improve but would remain second. He
would drop to fourth and would pit after just four laps. Sitting in the pits
he would drop to seventh. Valtteri would return to the track running on the
set of ultrasoft tyres he had just set his quick time on. Valtteri would
switch to the supersoft tyre with just under thirty minutes remaining. With
the end of the session Valtteri had completed sixteen laps on his supersoft
Felipe would be first out for Williams again on the soft tyre. This was a
set that had a few laps on it, most likely his installation lap tyres from
the previous session. Felipe would set a 1m:44.583 to be fifth but this
would become sixth as Verstappen went quickest. He would drop to eighth as
others went quicker. Felipe would improve with a 1m:44.087 to be seventh. He
would drop to tenth and would pit. Currently eleventh and Felipe would
follow his team-mate out laos on the ultrasoft tyre. Felipe's first lap
would see him set a 1m:42.268 to move up to fourth. He would drop to eighth
and would also pit. This would become tenth as others went faster. Felipe
would also come back out on the used ultrasoft tyre looking at a race
simulation run. Felipe would pit with just over twenty minutes remaining but
would return after a brief stop having switched to a set of used soft tyres.
Felipe would complete twelve laps on his soft tyre run.
Pos Driver Team Time Laps
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m40.861s 36
2 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m40.940s 38
3 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m41.130s 31
4 Max Verstappen Red Bull-Renault 1m41.389s 24
5 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull-Renault 1m41.390s 33
6 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m41.464s 34
7 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Mercedes 1m41.959s 35
8 Sergio Perez Force India-Mercedes 1m42.041s 35
9 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1m42.264s 36
10 Felipe Massa Williams-Mercedes 1m42.268s 36
11 Fernando Alonso McLaren-Honda 1m42.366s 33
12 Jenson Button McLaren-Honda 1m42.823s 24
13 Esteban Gutierrez Haas-Ferrari 1m43.012s 35
14 Romain Grosjean Haas-Ferrari 1m43.108s 17
15 Jolyon Palmer Renault 1m43.272s 33
16 Esteban Ocon Manor-Mercedes 1m43.600s 35
17 Pascal Wehrlein Manor-Mercedes 1m43.754s 33
18 Felipe Nasr Sauber-Ferrari 1m43.903s 36
19 Marcus Ericsson Sauber-Ferrari 1m44.045s 34
20 Kevin Magnussen Renault 1m44.117s 25
21 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m44.478s 5
22 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m45.948s 4
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