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British GP: Rain hampers Williams Martini in FP3

By Andrew Hooper
July 15 2017

The final practice for the 2017 British GP would see rain arrive hampering the run of Williams Martini driver Lance Stroll. Lance was not able to complete a super soft tyre run and as a result would finish the session in 20th. For team-mate Feliep Massa his session was much sucessful finishing in and encouraginbg 9th. With the session ending with a wet track there was uncertainty as to what the conditions would be like for qualifying so the Williams team wuld go into the session with a degree of uncertainty.

 Williams Martini British GP Saturday Practice

Team Summary:
With a few spots of rain falling the drivers would leave the pit lane for the final practice session for the British Grand Prix. Both Williams drivers would come out early as Hamilton set an early quickest time with a 1m:29.544 running on the soft tyre as both Ferrari's came out on the super soft tyre. Vettel would go second as Bottas went quickest with a 1m:29.393 followed by Hamilton and Vettel. Raikkonen would move ahead of Vettel as we had both Williams cars back in their garages. With ten minutes of the session completed Raikkonen would say that it was starting to rain.

Sainz was in fifth followed by the Sauber's. Bottas would improve with a 1m"28.827 as Vettel went second but Hamilton would move ahead with a 1m:29.069. Verstappen was now fifth while at the front the Mercedes pair would swap quickest sector times. A 1m:28.827 from Bottas but Hamilton would move ahead with a 1m:28.747. Ocon was now seventh followed by Vandoorne, Perez and Alonso in tenth. The Williams drivers were just sixteenth and twentieth with thirty six minutes remaining. The top four cars, Mercedes and Ferrari, were all back out on new super soft tyres.

Hamilton would set a 1m:28.063 to remain quickest but by an increased margin. Vettel would go second with a 1m:28.095 with Bottas now third despite setting a 1m:28.214. Raikkonen was fourth with a 1m:28.732 followed by Hulkenberg, Ricciardo and Verstappen. The track would start to clear as the rain started to fall heavier. The track would empty with fifteen minutes left in the session. A few drivers would come out on the intermediate tyre for an exploratory run seeing what the conditions were like. This number would increase as the session drew to a close. Ricciardo would spin on the start-finish straight missing the pit wall. Everyone was out on the track looking to use the opportunity to practice a race start in the wet conditions.

With the end of the session the top ten was Hamilton, Vettel, Bottas, Raikkonen, Hulkenberg, Ricciardo, Grosjean, Verstappen, Felipe and Vandoorne. For the Williams team the session would see one car in ninth and the other twentieth. But one car was now able to complete a super soft tyre run due to the increasing rain. As for their true pace it was encouraging to see Felipe finish in the top ten but no Lance will go into qualifying without a super soft tyre run, assuming it is dry.

Felipe Massa:
Felipe would be first out for the final practice session running on a used medium tyre. Felipe would also pit after a three lap run. Felipe would follow Lance out also on new soft tyres. Felipe would also set a slow first lap with a 1m:31.976. He would also slightly improve with a 1m:31.135 to only be sixteenth. Felipe would also pit after a seven lpa run still sixteenth. Just over twenty five minutes remaining and Felipe would return for his run on new super soft tyres. Felipe was on a better lap and would set a 1m:29.959 to move up to eighth. He would drop to ninth as Grosjean moved up to seventh, splitting the Red Bull cars. Felipe would pit afar a five lap run. Felipe would join the drivers out on the track for a run on the intermediate tyre.

Lance Stroll:
Lance would also come out also running on a set of used medium tyres. Lance would pit after a two lap run. His next run would see him come out on the soft tyre with forty five minutes remaining. His first lap was a slow 1m:32.532. He would improve with a 1m:31.358 to be eighteenth. He would pit after an eight lap run, currently twentieth. Lance was still in his pit but was able to get out with twenty minutes remaining. He was on new super soft tyres for this run. Lance would have to back off from his lap as the rain started to increase. He would pit without been able to set an improved time. Lance would also take the opportunity to come out on the inter mediate tyre.

Pos Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m28.063s - 18
2 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m28.095s 0.032s 14
3 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1m28.137s 0.074s 20
4 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m28.732s 0.669s 15
5 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1m29.480s 1.417s 14
6 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m29.612s 1.549s 15
7 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 1m29.819s 1.756s 14
8 Max Verstappen Red Bull/Renault 1m29.904s 1.841s 13
9 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m29.959s 1.896s 19
10 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren/Honda 1m30.088s 2.025s 19
11 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 1m30.138s 2.075s 17
12 Esteban Ocon Force India/Mercedes 1m30.172s 2.109s 19
13 Kevin Magnussen Haas/Ferrari 1m30.270s 2.207s 15
14 Jolyon Palmer Renault 1m30.302s 2.239s 16
15 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m30.416s 2.353s 16
16 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso/Renault 1m30.504s 2.441s 20
17 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Renault 1m30.515s 2.452s 19
18 Pascal Wehrlein Sauber/Ferrari 1m30.621s 2.558s 24
19 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1m30.630s 2.567s 24
20 Lance Stroll Williams/Mercedes 1m31.358s 3.295s 18



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