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Mexican GP: Williams Martini qualifying good for race


By Williams Martini Racing
October 29 2017

The Williams Martini team would see their drivers finish in 11th and 12th in qualifying for the 2017 Mexican GP. Felipe Massa would finish ahead of team-mate Lance Stroll with the session seeing both drivers hampered by yellow flags forcing them to abort their first runs in Q2. After that both Felipe Massa and Lance Stroll would only get one run seeing them achieve the positions they did. But their starting positions will see them have the choice of tyre and their race pace should enable both drivers to look for points in Sunday's race.

 
 Williams Martini Mexican GP Qualifying Review
Massa
 
Qualifying Notes:
• Felipe Massa qualified 11th and Lance Stroll 12th for the Mexican Grand Prix
• Both cars ran the ultrasoft tyre in Q1, finishing with Felipe in 12th and Lance in 15th
• In Q2, both Felipe and Lance had to abort their first flying laps after Hartley brought out the yellow flags in Turn 6
• Both drivers qualified on the ultrasoft Pirelli tyre
 
Massa 
 
Felipe Massa:
"I did the best lap I could in the car. It was almost a perfect lap. Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough to get to Q3. I was happy with my lap. Maybe 11th is better than 10th with the clean side of the track and new tyres. Let’s concentrate on the race tomorrow and see what we can get. We are in the fight and that’s the most important thing."
Stroll
 
Lance Stroll:
"It wasn't a perfect job. Q1 was okay, and then in Q2 the first run was good at the start of the lap but then there were the yellows. Then, on the next run I just couldn’t get the tyres ready and I made many mistakes and didn't really set a lap time. I got in a lap at the end, but I think it would have been very difficult to get into Q3. We are starting 12th, it is a long race tomorrow, we are in the middle and I think we can score points. We just have to sort out a few things and have a good race. It will be tough for everyone with the altitude."
Paddy Lowe
 
Paddy Lowe, Chief Technical Officer:
"We knew from the running in FP3 this morning that it was going to be very tight to get into Q3 with the Renault’s and Force India’s looking particularly quick relative to our pace, and so it proved to be. We had good runs in Q1 and got safely into Q2 with both cars with two runs each. Unfortunately, our first run with both cars in Q2 was disrupted by yellow flags because of Hartley, so we aborted. We went out and had only one attempt in Q2 which got us P11 and P12. I’m happy with those positions considering how tight it is. We have a free choice of tyre and I think our race pace may play in our favour relative to the cars ahead. We’re definitely in the hunt to score points with both cars in the race tomorrow."
Stroll
 

Track Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, Mexico
Lap Length 4.304 km / 2.674 miles

Weather: Hot and dry
Air: 20-22°C Track: 43-50°C

POS

DRIVER

TEAM

Q1

Q2

Q3
1 L Hamilton Mercedes 1:17.655 1:16.870 1:16.488
2 V Bottas Mercedes 1:17.630 1:16.524 1:16.574
3 S Vettel Ferrari 1:17.518 1:17.035 1:16.934
           
11 F Massa Williams Martini Racing 1:18.570 1:18.099 -
12 L Stroll Williams Martini Racing 1:18.902 1:19.159 -
 
Stroll
 
Massa
 

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