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Bahrain GP: FP3 more of the same for Williams Martini


By Andrew Hooper
April 15 2017

The results of the final Saturday practice session for the 2017 Bahrain GP would see the Williams Martini team produce a similar result to the final Friday session. Felipe Massa would finish in a very encouraging 6th position but for team-mate Lance Stroll it was again a difficult session for the young Canadian. He would finish down in 14th. Both drivers would spend the majority of their time on track running on the super soft tyres.

 
 Williams Martini Bahrain GP Saturday Practice
 
Massa
 

Team Summary:
The final practice session for the 2017 Bahrain GP would see both Williams drivers complete their installation laps. The first time would be a 1m:34.415 from Ocon on the soft tyre. Perez was second also on the soft tyre. On the super soft Sainz would set a 1m:34.219 to be fastest. Ten minutes into the session and only three times had been set. Hulkenberg was now third running on the soft tyre. Kyvat was now fastest with a 1m:33.934 on the soft tyre. Sainz was now second with Vandoorne now third with his McLaren on the super soft tyre. Alonso was up to fifth on the soft tyre with a 1m:34.564.

More drivers were out on the track with a combination of soft and super soft tyres been used. Verstappen would move ahead of Felipe running on the soft tyre setting a 1m:33.249. The session would be red flagged with Grosjean crashing his car at Turn five. He spun his car going through Turn four ending up in the wall going into Turn five. After their first runs Felipe and Lance were second and eighth for the Williams team. With the restart of the session there was eighteen minutes remaining. Both Ferrari's were out first with neither having set a time. Both Mercedes were also out with all four cars on the super soft tyre. Raikkonen would go quickest with a 1m:32.785 but Bottas would go ahead with a 1m:32.754.

Hulkenberg was now third also using the super soft tyre. With their next runs the Williams drivers were fourth and eighth. Vettel was now quickest with a 1m:32.750. Six minutes remaining and it was Vettel from Bottas, Raikkonen, Felipe, Hulkenberg, Verstappen, Perez, Kvyat, Lance, and Vandoorne. Verstappen was able to set a 1m:32.194 to move ahead of Vettel. But Hamilton was on a quick lap and would set a 1m:32.304 but this would see him only second. With the end of the session the Williams drivers were sixth and fourteenth. After the session the Williams drivers were about the same after Friday's sessions. Felipe was comfortably in the top ten but lance was still finding the going difficult.

Felipe Massa:
Felipe would leave the pits very early in the session coming out on the medium tyre. Felipe would pit after one lap. While Lance was out Felipe would get ready for his run. Felipe would start his first run on the super soft tyre with just over thirty minutes remaining. Felipe would set a 1m:33.720 to be quickest. Felipe had been able to improve with a 1m:33.435 but he could not stop Verstappen going quicker. Felipe was back out but was running on super soft tyres and was able to find time moving up to fourth with a 1m:32.801. Felipe would pit having completed five laps. His stop would be brief coming back out for just a single lap. Felipe has laid rubber in his pit box at his stop.

Lance Stroll:
Lance would follow his team-mate out also on the medium tyre. Lance would also pit after a single installation lap. Lance would return to the track running on the super soft tyre. Lance would set a 1m:36.036 to be fourth. He would drop to fifth as others went quicker. Lance would improve with a 1m:34.601 to move back up to fifth. Lance continued his run on the super soft tyre currently sixth. He would pit after eight laps now seventh. Lance would come back out on a new set of super soft tyres. He had dropped to thirteenth but he was on a quicker lap. Lance would finish with a 1m:33.965 to now be eighth. Lance would pit having dropped to thirteenth. As Wehrlein went quicker Lance would drop to fourteenth.

 
Massa
 
Pos Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Max Verstappen Red Bull/Renault 1m32.194s - 8
2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m32.304s 0.110s 10
3 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m32.750s 0.556s 10
4 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1m32.754s 0.560s 13
5 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m32.785s 0.591s 9
6 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m32.801s 0.607s 12
7 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m32.809s 0.615s 8
8 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1m32.933s 0.739s 9
9 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Renault 1m33.604s 1.410s 18
10 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso/Renault 1m33.744s 1.550s 11
11 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m33.916s 1.722s 14
12 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 1m33.922s 1.728s 10
13 Pascal Wehrlein Sauber/Ferrari 1m33.947s 1.753s 15
14 Lance Stroll Williams/Mercedes 1m33.965s 1.771s 15
15 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren/Honda 1m34.027s 1.833s 15
16 Esteban Ocon Force India/Mercedes 1m34.064s 1.870s 17
17 Kevin Magnussen Haas/Ferrari 1m34.198s 2.004s 13
18 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 1m34.205s 2.011s 14
19 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1m34.268s 2.074s 15
20 Jolyon Palmer Renault 1m34.417s 2.223s 11
 
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