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Italian GP: Productive session for Williams Martini in FP2

By Andrew Hooper
September 2 2017

The second Friday practice session for the 2017 Italian GP would be a productive one for the Williams Martini team. Felipe Massa and Lance Stroll would finish the session in 10th and 15th positions but overall the team was far happier how the day went compared to previous races. The team would work through its programme including longer runs on the various tyres as well as testing bodywork changes including a rear wing.

 Williams Martini Italian GP Friday 2nd Practice

Team Summary:
The second Friday session would again start with a chance of rain. As the drivers took to the track the soft tyre would be the most popular. After the first times it would be Hulkenberg quickest with a 1m:24.440, followed by Palmer. Perez was now quickest with a 1m:23.633 followed by Ocon and Sainz. Raikkonen was now quickest with a1m:22.750 also on the soft tyre. Bottas would go quickest with a 1m:22.475 followed by Raikkonen and Vettel. After their first runs Felipe and Lance were fifth and fourteenth. Verstappen was now second but Raikkonen would improve to be second behind Bottas. Bottas had also found time with a 1m:22.393.

Ocon would move ahead of Felipe but the Williams driver would take the spot back to remain fifth. The second Williams of Lance was now tenth. Hamilton was now quickest with a 1m:22.103 followed by Bottas and Raikkonen. Having completed their runs the Williams drivers were in eighth and tenth with Felipe ahead of Lance. Ricciardo was in sixth on the super soft tyre. Vettel was fourth and Verstappen fifth. Hamilton would improve his quickest lap with a 1m:21.956 to be 0.437 ahead of Bottas. Verstappen was able to find time going third with a 1m:22.409 running on the super soft tyre. More drivers were coming out on the super soft tyre. Vettel would go quickest with a 1m:21.546 but Bottas would move ahead with a 1m:21.406. Hamilton was not able to better his team-mate finishing in second. Vettel was third and Raikkonen fourth.

After their super soft tyre runs the Williams drivers weer seventh and twelfth, with just over forty five minutes remaining. With just over thirty minutes remaining and the Williams drivers had returned on used super soft tyres for what was likely to be longer runs. The top ten was Bottas, Hamilton, Vettel, Raikkonen, Verstappen, Ricciardo, Vandoorne, Alonso, Ocon, and Felipe Massa. Teams were splitting their test with one driver using the soft tyre and the other the super soft tyre, as in the case of Williams. With thirteen minutes remaining the Virtual Safety car was deployed as a result of Magnussen cars stopping at Ascari with broken rear suspension. His car would be recovered and the session would go green. The session would end with the Williams drivers remaining in tenth and fifteenth.

Felipe Massa:
Felipe would be first out for Williams running on the soft tyre. Felipe's first time would be a 1m:24.251 to be fourth. But he would drop to eighth then tenth. Felipe would improve with a 1m:23.504 to be fifth. Felipe would improve with a 1m:23.403 to remain in fifth. Felipe would drop to seventh and would pit after eight laps on the soft tyre. In his pit he would drop to eighth. Felipe would join his team-mate also on new super soft tyres. Felipe would drop his outside wheels as he came out on the second chicane so he would abort his lap. His next lap would see a 1m:23.176 to be seventh. Felipe would also pit after a six lap run dropping to eighth. Felipe would return running on used super soft tyres, dropping to ninth. Felipe had been able to improve his lap time with a 1m:22.985. Felipe would drop to tenth when Alonso went eighth. Felipe would continue his longer run on the super soft tyre. Felipe would pit switching to the soft tyre like his team-mate. With the session coming to a close Felipe had completed over forty laps.

Lance Stroll:
Lance would also take to the track running on the soft tyre. Lance would set a 1m:24.525 to be fourteenth. Lance would also find time with a 1m:23.923 to be tenth. He would drop to eleventh but would set a 1m:23.663 to be eighth. But he would drop to ninth. On one of his laps Lance would have a slide exiting the second chicane dropping his left-rear wheel onto the gravel. Lance would also pit after a nine lap run. In the pit Lance would drop to eleventh behind Grosjean. With just under an hour remaining Lance would return this time on new super soft tyres. Lance would improve with a 1m:23.403 to be tenth. But Lance would spin his car at Ascari facing the wrong way. Lance would pit after his spin having complete only four laps. In his pit he would drop to fourteenth. Lance would also come back out also on used super soft tyres but he would pit quickly. Lance would return running on used soft tyre currently fifteenth. On one of his runs Lance would miss the first chicane. Lance would continue his soft tyre long run. Lance would pit after a nineteen lap run but would quickly return.

Pos Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1m21.406s - 25
2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m21.462s 0.056s 24
3 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m21.546s 0.140s 33
4 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m21.804s 0.398s 34
5 Max Verstappen Red Bull/Renault 1m22.409s 1.003s 34
6 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m22.752s 1.346s 22
7 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren/Honda 1m22.947s 1.541s 31
8 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 1m22.968s 1.562s 31
9 Esteban Ocon Force India/Mercedes 1m22.977s 1.571s 43
10 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m22.985s 1.579s 42
11 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Renault 1m23.150s 1.744s 21
12 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1m23.272s 1.866s 14
13 Jolyon Palmer Renault 1m23.317s 1.911s 34
14 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m23.352s 1.946s 43
15 Lance Stroll Williams/Mercedes 1m23.403s 1.997s 36
16 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 1m23.567s 2.161s 31
17 Kevin Magnussen Haas/Ferrari 1m23.650s 2.244s 20
18 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso/Renault 1m24.253s 2.847s 28
19 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1m24.894s 3.488s 39
20 Pascal Wehrlein Sauber/Ferrari 1m25.295s 3.889s 25

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