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Monaco GP: Difficult FP2 for Williams Martini

By Andrew Hooper
May 25 2017

The second Thursday practice session for the 2017 Monaco GP would be a difficult one for the Williams Martini team. The session would see Felipe Massa only manage 13th while team-mate Lance Stroll was 16th. It was a difficult session not only in terms of the lack of pace from the FW40 but it was also a session that would see Lance crash heavily damaging his car. No doubt this was not the way Lance would ahve wanted to end his day.

 Williams Martini Monaco GP Thursday 2nd Practice

Team Summary:
With the start of the second Thursday practice session the opening quickest time would go to Grosjean but Raikkonen would go quicker with a 1m:15.704. Magnussen and Grosjean would both go quicker with Magnussen's time been a 1m:14.796. The top three were all on the super soft as Vandoorne went quickest with a 1m:14.642 running on the ultra soft tyre. There was a mix of drivers on the super soft and ultra soft tyre as Kvyat went fastest with a 1m:14.031 on the ultra soft. Sainz was now quickest with a 1m:13.926 on the ultra soft but Kvyat would go quicker with a 1m:13.758. Palmer would be told to stop ending his session.

On there first laps both Williams drivers would set slow laps at the bottom of the times. Both Mercedes cars were out on the super soft tyres. Kvyat would improve with a 1m:13.331 to set the quickest time so far during the Thursday. Verstappen was now third as Ericsson would hit the barrier at Casino Square seeing him pit. Both Torro Rosso's would pit as Verstappen went second and Hamilton fourth. Verstappen would improve his time, 1m:13.486, but would remain second. Both Williams drivers were on a longer run on the ultra soft tyre. Bottas had moved up to fourth with Hamilton fifth both on the super soft tyre. Ricciardo would move ahead of the Mercedes going fourth but Vettel would take this spot running on the super soft tyre. Ricciardo would again go fourth with Bottas and Hamilton sixth and seventh. Ricciardo would now be quickest with a 1m:13.280 seeing Kvyat now second.

With fifty five minutes remaining the Williams drivers were now twelfth and thirteenth with Felipe leading Lance. Raikkonen would go third using the ultra soft tyre with Vettel now fifth but his time was on the super soft tyre. Sainz would move up to third, 1m:13.400, as Bottas set a 1m:13.908 to be eighth.  Raikkonen would come close to going quickest with a 1m:13.283. At the front Vettel would go quickest with a 1m:12.759 to be 0.5s ahead of Ricciardo. Vettel would improve his lap time with a 1m:12.720. In second Ricciardo would improve with a 1m:13.207. With the crash from Lance the session would be red flagged. The Williams would be cleared by the crane and after short delay the session would be restarted. Of the drivers it would only be Raikkonen who was on a longer run on the super soft tyre all the rest were using the ultra soft tyre. There was little change in the order as drivers focused on longer runs.

The session would end with Vettel quickest from Ricciardo, Raikkonen, Kvyat, Sainz, Verstappen, Perez, Hamilton, Magnussen, and Bottas tenth. For Williams their drivers would finish in thirteenth and sixteenth. The drivers would again be allowed to do practice starts from the grid.

Felipe Massa:
Felipe would be first out for Williams again running on the ultra soft tyre. Felipe's first lap was a slow one with a 1m:25.504. Felipe would improve to set a 1m:15.082 to be eighth. He would drop to tenth but would find time setting a 1m:14.580 to be seventh. He would drop to eighth and would pit after a eleven lap run. This position would become ninth with Vandoorne ahead of him. While in his pit he would drop to fourteenth and with just over fifty minutes remaining he would return on a new set of ultra soft tyres. Felipe would set a 1m:14.238 to now be eleventh. Again he would drop down the order to be thirteenth. Felipe would gain places with a 1m:14.003 to now be eleventh. He would drop to twelfth behind Vandoorne. With the restart of the session Felipe would return doing what looked like a longer run. Fifteen minutes remaining and Felipe had completed seven laps on this run. Felipe was still in thirteenth as the session came to an end.

Lance Stroll:
Lance would join his team-mate out on the track also on the super soft tyre. Lance would set a 1m:28.018. Lance's next lap was a 1m:16.052 to be twelfth. Lance would also drop down the order now fourteenth. Lance had improved his lap time with a 1m:15.791 but remained fourteenth. He would set a 1m:15.399 to now be twelfth. Lance would drop to fifteenth but would move ahead one place with a 1m:14.965. Lance would continue to lap on the ultra soft tyre he would find further time setting a 1m:14.474 to now be eleventh but just places behind his team-mate. Lance would pit after an eighteen laps run. With forty eight minutes remaining Lance would return running on a new set of ultra soft tyres. Lance was now only 1.1s off the quickest times.

Lance would say on his radio that he was lacking general grip. He was told that it would come to him. He would drop to sixteenth to be behind Button. Lance would crash his car up at Casino Square doing major damage to his car with a damaged front wing and suspension. Lance lost the rear of his car through Massenet and crashed into the barrier eventually stopping on the approach to Casino. This was the end to his session.

Pos Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m12.720s - 38
2 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m13.207s 0.487s 35
3 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m13.283s 0.563s 46
4 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso/Renault 1m13.331s 0.611s 41
5 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Renault 1m13.400s 0.680s 43
6 Max Verstappen Red Bull/Renault 1m13.486s 0.766s 36
7 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m13.799s 1.079s 45
8 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m13.873s 1.153s 31
9 Kevin Magnussen Haas/Ferrari 1m13.890s 1.170s 46
10 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1m13.902s 1.182s 39
11 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren/Honda 1m13.946s 1.226s 42
12 Jenson Button McLaren/Honda 1m13.981s 1.261s 37
13 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m14.003s 1.283s 46
14 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 1m14.022s 1.302s 44
15 Esteban Ocon Force India/Mercedes 1m14.093s 1.373s 47
16 Lance Stroll Williams/Mercedes 1m14.474s 1.754s 27
17 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1m14.870s 2.150s 41
18 Jolyon Palmer Renault 1m15.616s 2.896s 8
19 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1m15.691s 2.971s 32
20 Pascal Wehrlein Sauber/Ferrari 1m15.695s 2.975s 37

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