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Italian GP: Encouraging start for Williams Martini in FP1


By Andrew Hooper
September 1 2017

The opening Friday practice for the 2017 Italian Grand Prix would be an encouraging one for the Williasm Martini team. The session would be largely uneventful for the Williams team with Felipe Massa finishing in tenth and Lance Stroll thirteenth. The only issue was a lock-up from Lance flat spotting his front tyre going into the first chicane. The team would also trial a new rear wing on Felipe's car.

 
 Williams Martini Italian GP Friday 1st Practice
 
Stroll
 

Team Summary:
The opening Friday practice for the 2017 Italian Grand Prix would see an encouraging start to the weekend for the Williams Martini team. Team drivers Felipe Massa and Lance Stroll would finish in tenth and thirteenth positions respectively.

The session would see both Williams drivers use the super soft tyre for their first runs with the pair setting the early quickest times. Felipe's early time was a 1m:25.553 but this was easily beaten by Hamilton. Replays would show Lance suffering a lock-up at the first chicane, slowing the car down in time to take to the run-off. Lance would report a flat spot of his left front. After the first half hour neither Williams driver was in the top ten. As the session progressed Hamilton would improve with a 1m:21.868. Lance was able to improve to eleventh from been well down the times. Hamilton's early times were set on the soft tyre but his super soft tyre run would see a 1m:21.537. At one point in the session Lance was in front of Felipe with Lance in eleventh.

After the first hour of running Felipe had improved to be tenth and Lance now thirteenth. But there was the threat of rain and it would start with around fifteen minutes remaining in the session. The rain would ease off seeing both Williams drivers taking to the track with ten minutes remaining. The session would end with the Williams drivers remaining in their positions. But after the first session the Mercedes cars were well ahead of the rest of the field.

 
Pos Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m21.537s - 28
2 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1m21.972s 0.435s 31
3 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m22.652s 1.115s 24
4 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m22.689s 1.152s 28
5 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m22.742s 1.205s 28
6 Max Verstappen Red Bull/Renault 1m22.749s 1.212s 23
7 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m23.317s 1.780s 36
8 Esteban Ocon Force India/Mercedes 1m23.400s 1.863s 34
9 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren/Honda 1m23.465s 1.928s 24
10 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m23.561s 2.024s 37
11 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Renault 1m23.680s 2.143s 22
12 Kevin Magnussen Haas/Ferrari 1m23.973s 2.436s 22
13 Lance Stroll Williams/Mercedes 1m23.991s 2.454s 30
14 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso/Renault 1m24.012s 2.475s 27
15 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 1m24.015s 2.478s 17
16 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 1m24.079s 2.542s 22
17 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1m24.542s 3.005s 17
18 Jolyon Palmer Renault 1m25.166s 3.629s 21
19 Pascal Wehrlein Sauber/Ferrari 1m25.223s 3.686s 26
20 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1m25.687s 4.150s 17
 

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