Williams F1
Hungarian GP: Williams Martini still struggling in FP3
By Andrew Hooper
July 29 2017

The Williams Martini team would continue to see their Hungaraian GP weekend be a very difficult one. After the final practice session their cars were only 17th and 18th. Felipe Massa would lead team-mate Lance Stroll but for Felipe his weekend was made even worse due to an illness that saw him attend the hospital on Friday. Felipe would again feel unwell in this session and there were reports that he will be replaced by reserve driver Paul Di Resta for the rest of the weekend. A very difficult weekend for the Williams team.
 
 Williams Martini Hungarian GP Saturday Practice
 
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Team Summary:
Both Williams drivers would complete their installation laps on the medium tyre. After the initial series of runs it would be Vettel quickest with a 1m:17.790 followed by Raikkonen, Verstappen, Bottas, Hamilton, Hulkenberg, Ocon, Kvyat, Palmer and Perez tenth. Both of the Mercedes were out on the soft tyre while Alonso went sixth. Ricciardo was out for his first run on the super soft tyre and would set a 1m:18.849 to be fourth. With close to thirty minutes completed the Williams drivers were down in fifteenth and seventeenth with both on long runs on the super soft tyre. Ricciardo would move up to third but would stop at the side of the road with a gear change issue.

Drivers would start to complete qualifying simulations and it would be Vettel who would go even quicker with a 1m:17.017, a new track record. Raikkonen was second with a 1m:17.492 followed by Bottas and a stopped Ricciardo. Hamilton would move up to fourth but 1.4 seconds off Vettel's time. With the end of the session the order was Vettel, Raikkonen, Bottas, Verstappen, Hamilton, Vandoorne, Hulkenberg, Ricciardo, Alonso, and Palmer tenth. The Williams drivers would finish in seventeenth and eighteenth in what was turning out to be a weekend to forget.

Felipe Massa:
Felipe would go out on medium tyres for his installation laps completing three before pitting. For Felipe he had visited a hospital after feeling unwell after Friday practice. He was declared fir for Saturday practice after which he will be checked again. Felipe would also come out on the super soft tyre setting a 1m:20.323 which would see him drop to eleventh. Felipe would improve with a 1m:20.255 to be tenth. This would become twelfth with thirty five minutes remaining. He would pit having done an eleven lap run currently fifteenth. It was confirmed that Felipe would not be coming back out again due to his illness. Felipe would drop to seventeenth with the session end. There were rumours seeing Paul Di Resta, team reserve driver, taking over from Felipe for the rest of the weekend. Felipe's car was on the stands with the mechanic's working on it possibly making changes for Di Resta.

Lance Stroll:
Lance would also use the medium tyre for his installation lap but he would pit and then return on the super soft tyre. With nearly twenty minutes of the session completed Lance would finally set a time with a 1m:20.591 to currently be ninth. Lance would drop to thirteenth as the session progressed despite having improved with a 1m:20.388. Lance had also dropped down the times to be fourteenth. Lance would also complete an fourteen lap run on the super soft tyre pitting to join his team-mate. Lance would drop to seventeenth and with just over ten minutes remaining Lance would come back out. But despite a run on a new set of super soft tyres he would remain in eighteenth only just improving with a 1m:20.379.

 
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Pos Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m17.017s - 17
2 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m17.492s 0.475s 16
3 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1m17.914s 0.897s 15
4 Max Verstappen Red Bull/Renault 1m18.194s 1.177s 25
5 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m18.434s 1.417s 14
6 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren/Honda 1m18.638s 1.621s 18
7 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1m18.699s 1.682s 20
8 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m18.714s 1.697s 7
9 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 1m18.884s 1.867s 14
10 Jolyon Palmer Renault 1m18.956s 1.939s 19
11 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Renault 1m19.300s 2.283s 22
12 Esteban Ocon Force India/Mercedes 1m19.352s 2.335s 22
13 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso/Renault 1m19.455s 2.438s 23
14 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m19.609s 2.592s 22
15 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 1m19.622s 2.605s 21
16 Kevin Magnussen Haas/Ferrari 1m19.895s 2.878s 19
17 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m20.255s 3.238s 12
18 Lance Stroll Williams/Mercedes 1m20.379s 3.362s 24
19 Pascal Wehrlein Sauber/Ferrari 1m20.446s 3.429s 24
20 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1m20.748s 3.731s 19
 

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