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British GP: Massa in top ten after FP2

By Andrew Hooper
July 14 2017

After a difficult first practice session the Williams Martini team would find the second Friday practice session for the 2017 British GP less eventful. The session would see Felipe Massa finish in 8th while team-mate Lance Stroll was down in 15th. Felipe would spin late in the session and would also have a bit of a coming together with Verstappen but neither moment hindered his running. For Lance his pace was again someway off the pace of his team-mate but it is early in the weekend. The same could be said of Felipe.

 Williams Martini British GP Friday 2nd Practice

Team Summary:
After having a problematic first practice session for the 2017 British Grand Prix with both Williams cars needing repairs the Williams Martini would now have the opportunity to get their day back on schedule with the second Friday practice session. With the start of the session the first time would come from Hulkenberg with a 1m:32.211 running on the soft tyre. The track started to get busier with Vandoorne setting a 1m:31.263 to be quickest followed by Hulkenberg and Palmer. Alonso would go quickest with a 1m:30.959 but Felipe would go ahead with a 1m:30.838. But Vettel would go ahead with a 1m:30.320. Ocon was now second while at the front Raikkonen would go quickest but Ricciardo would move ahead with a 1m:30.148.

Vettel was now fastest with a 1m:29.850 from Ricciardo and Raikkonen. Drivers would start to improve with Raikkonen now quickest with a 1m:29.161 but Hamilton would go ahead with a 1m:28.780. Bottas was now fifth running on the medium tyre. Hamilton would improve with a 1m:28.543. The track would go quite but Alonso was still running and would go fifth running on the super soft tyre. An hour remaining and we started to see a few drivers coming out for super soft runs. Bottas was one of these and would finish with a 1m:28.496 to go quickest. Hamilton and Vettel were also out on the option tyre. Vettel would go third but Raikkonen would move ahead. Hamilton would make a mistake ruining his quick lap running wide and going over the kerb possibly damaging his car.

Forty five minutes into the session and the order was Bottas, Hamilton, Raikkonen, Vettel, Ricciardo, Felipe, Alonso, Verstappen, Ocon and Perez tenth. Verstappen would improve to be fifth going ahead of Ricciardo. Hulkenberg was now eighth behind Felipe. Williams Paddy Lowe would say: "Itís looking good so far, itís a bit early, but weíll see. It only matters on Saturday and Sunday." Hulkenberg would move ahead of Felipe to be seventh. The Williams team had both drivers out on the track with thirty minutes remaining with one of the soft tyre and the other the super soft. Felipe would switch back to the soft tyre after a spin. With longer runs on both the soft and super soft tyres amongst the teams little was changing in terms of times.

The session would end with the drivers completing their practices starts on the grid. For the Williams team Felipe and Lance would finish the session in eighth and fifteenth, with a considerable margin separating the pair. But both Williams cars were a huge margin off the quickest times been set by the Mercedes cars. It will come down to what improvements the Williams team can make in their cars overnight.

Felipe Massa:
Felipe would take to the track a bit over five minutes into the session. He was running on new soft tyres and he would set a 1m:30.838 to go quickest if only briefly. He would drop to third behind Ocon. This would become fifth but a 1m:30.321 would see him move up to fourth behind Vettel. He was 0.471 behind the leader. He would drop to sixth and would pit with fifteen minutes of the session completed. He would drop to seventh as he waited in his pit. With fifty five minutes remaining Felipe would return running on the super soft tyre for the first time. Felipe was on a quicker lap and would set a 1m:30.006 seeing him sixth which was not a big improvement. He was 1.5 seconds off the quickest time. Felipe would pit after a short four lap run. With forty minutes remaining Felipe was now eighth.

Thirty five minutes remaining and Felipe was back out if only for one lap. He would again come back out running on the used super soft tyres. While on his run Felipe would spin at Becketts but was able to continue. "I just lost the rear," said Felipe. Felipe would pi and would switch to the soft tyre for a longer run as the session drew to a close. He would have a moment with Verstappen with the pair trying to use the same piece of road at the final corner. Felipe would finish the session in eighth.

Lance Stroll:
Shortly after Felipe Lance would come out also on the soft tyre. Lance would set a 1m:31.695 to be seventh dropping to tenth. He would improve with a 1m:31.449 but was now fourteenth. He would continue to lap the circuit but would pit after a nine lap run. He had been able to improve with a 1m:31.257 to be thirteenth. Lance would join his team-mate also on the super soft tyre. Lance would set a 1m:30.695 to be eleventh but was over two seconds off the quickest time of Bottas. He would be 0.689 behind his team-mate. Lance would continue his run on the option tyre as he dropped to twelfth. After a seven lap lance would pit currently in fourteenth, dropping to fifteenth. With under thirty minutes remaining Lance would return now on used soft tyres. He was on a longer run setting times in the 1m:35s. He would complete the session in fifteenth.

Pos Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1m28.496s - 31
2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m28.543s 0.047s 35
3 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m28.828s 0.332s 36
4 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m28.956s 0.460s 36
5 Max Verstappen Red Bull/Renault 1m29.098s 0.602s 32
6 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m29.586s 1.090s 35
7 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1m29.936s 1.440s 37
8 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m30.006s 1.510s 36
9 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 1m30.238s 1.742s 28
10 Esteban Ocon Force India/Mercedes 1m30.383s 1.887s 42
11 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Renault 1m30.555s 2.059s 26
12 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso/Renault 1m30.562s 2.066s 34
13 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m30.624s 2.128s 43
14 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 1m30.661s 2.165s 33
15 Lance Stroll Williams/Mercedes 1m30.695s 2.199s 37
16 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren/Honda 1m30.782s 2.286s 31
17 Kevin Magnussen Haas/Ferrari 1m30.835s 2.339s 33
18 Jolyon Palmer Renault 1m30.879s 2.383s 25
19 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1m31.616s 3.120s 27
20 Pascal Wehrlein Sauber/Ferrari 1m31.929s 3.433s 30

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