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.
Martini Bahrain GP Saturday Practice
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
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 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 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.
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