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Abu Dhabi GP: Massa 10th for Williams Martini in qualifying

By Andrew Hooper
November 25 2017

Qualifying for the 2017 Abu Dahbi GP would see the Williams Martini team achieve a 10th place from Felipe Massa. Team-mate Lance Stroll would only manage 15th in what was a difficult session for the rookie. But for Felipe this result was a fantastic way for the Brazilian to see out his last Formula One qualifying. For the Williams team to get one car into the final period of qualifying was a great result but it will now come down to Sunday's race looking to finish 2017 in 5th position.

 Williams Martini Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Qualifying

Team Summary:
Drivers would start to come out for the opening eighteen minute period in qualifying for the 2017 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. After a series of quickest time sit would be Hamilton fastest with a 1m:37.473 followed by Bottas and Vettel. The ultra soft tyre was the tyre of choice for everyone. Raikkonen was now third but Ricciardo would move ahead with the Ferrari's now fourth and fifth. Bottas would improve with a 1m:37.356 to be quickest with Hamilton failing to improve. Vettel would move up to third ahead of Ricciardo. After their first runs the Williams drivers were in thirteenth and sixteenth. Ricciardo was fifth followed by Verstappen, Perez, Vandoorne and Hulkenberg in tenth. The top eleven cars were all still in their pits not looking like they would come out for a second run. The opening period would come to an end with both Williams on their flying laps. Their laps would see them finish the period in eighth and fifteenth.

The second period would get underway with everyone still on the ultra soft tyre. The last drivers to come out were the Williams pair. After their first runs it would be Hamilton setting a 1m:36.742 to be quickest from Bottas, Vettel, Raikkonen, Ricciardo and Hulkenberg. After their runs the Williams drivers were twelfth and fifteenth. The track was empty with five minutes remaining in the period. To get into the top ten Felipe would have to find around 0.4 making it hard. Drivers would start to return for the second runs in the second period, including both Williams. The Williams drivers would finish in tenth and fifteenth. Felipe would make it into the final period.

The final twelve minute period would commence with the Williams last out. A 1m:36.985 from Raikkonen but Bottas would go quicker with a 1m:36.231. Hamilton would only manage second after his run. Vettel was third followed by Raikkonen and Verstappen. Ricciardo was sixth followed by Hulkenberg, Ocon, Perez and Felipe. All ten cars were out on their second runs with Bottas pitting not having improved. Neither would Hamilton so Bottas would take pole and Hamilton was second. Vettel was third followed by Ricciardo. Raikkonen, Verstappen, Hulkenberg, Perez, Ocon, and Felipe tenth. For the Williams team to get one car into the final period of qualifying was a great result especially as it was Felipe in what is his last Formula One qualifying.


Felipe Massa:
Felipe would not come out until well into the period but he was out on new ultra soft tyres. Eight minutes remaining in the session and Felipe had yet to set a time but he would finally set a 1m:39.497 to be eleventh but this would become thirteenth. Felipe would pit after a three lap run. Felipe would return on a new set of ultra soft tyres for a second run. Felipe was currently fourteenth as he started his flying lap. A 1m:38.629 from Felipe would see him now eighth. Felipe would come out for the second period again on new ultra soft tyres. He would start his flying lap and would set a 1m:38.980 to be twelfth.

Felipe would return to the track for a second run. Felipe would set a 1m:38.565 to be tenth and into the final period. Felipe would come out for his first run in the final period. He would finish with a 1m:39.824 to be ninth dropping to tenth. But it would appear that he was on used tyres for his first run. Felipe would come out on new tyres for his second run. Felipe was on a quicker lap and would set a 1m:38.550 but would remain tenth. Despite this it was great result in what was his lat Formula One qualifying.

Lance Stroll:
Lance would be the first Williams out in the opening period of qualifying running on new ultra soft tyres. Lance would set a 1m:40.525 to be ninth but he would drop to eleventh then fourteenth. Lance would continue to drop down the order now sixteenth and in the drop zone. A 1m:39.081 would see him remain sixteenth. Lance would also come back out for a second run on new tyres. Lance would set a 1m:39.503 to be fifteenth and would make it into the second period. Lance was also out for the second period and his lap was only good enough for fifteenth with a 1m:39.646. He was 0.666 behind Felipe. He would also come out for a second run. He would remain in fifteenth and out of qualifying. 




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really excited for abu dhabi. See you there soon.

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