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Chinese GP: Sirotkin leads Stroll in FP1

By Andrew Hooper
April 13 2018

The opening Friday practice session for the 2018 Chinese GP would see the Williams Martini drivers finish in 15th and 20th. Sergey Sirotkin would finish ahead of team-mate Lance Stroll with the pair separated by 0.5 seconds. Both drivers would start the session on the soft tyre but would later on split their tyre assessment with Sergey on the soft and Lance the medium. Neither driver would use the ultrasoft tyre.

 Williams Martini Chinese GP Friday 1st Practice

Team Summary:
Both Williams cars would complete their installation lap using the soft tyre. As for the other drivers they were n a mix of tyres with medium and soft been used. Only one driver was on the ultrasoft tyre. Times were quite slow with a 1m:38.765 been set with fifteen minutes completed in the session. Both Williams drivers would take to the track remaining on the soft tyre as a new quickest time of 1m:37.539 was set. More drivers were out on the track with Bottas setting a 1m:36.587 running on the soft tyre. Hamilton was now quickest with a 1m:35.218 while the Williams pair were slowest.

With half an hour completed Hamilton was fastest from Bottas, Verstappen, Vettel, Ricciardo, Raikkonen, Grosjean, Magnussen, Perez, and Sainz in tenth. Sergey and Lance were now sixteenth and twentieth. Hamilton's new quickest time was a 1m:34.962 followed now by Bottas, Ricciardo, Verstappen, Vettel, Raikkonen, Ocon, Grosjean, Sainz and Magnussen. Times continued to fall with Hamilton setting a 1m:33.999 followed by Ricciardo and Bottas. For Williams their drivers were in thirteenth and sixteenth after their next runs. They would drop to fifteenth and twentieth with fifteen minutes of the session remaining.

The Williams drivers were back out for another run splitting their tyre assessment with one on the soft tyre and the other the medium. Given that they were running on used tyre there was little prospect for improvement as the session drew to a close. Raikkonen was now second behind Hamilton but had used the ultrasoft tyre. The session would end with the Williams team completing their longer runs with neither driver having used the ultrasoft tyre. They would remain in their fifteenth and twentieth positions while at the front Hamilton remained quickest from Raikkonen, Bottas, Ricciardo, Verstappen, Vettel, Magnussen, Sainz, Grosjean, and Hulkenberg tenth.

Lance Stroll:
Lance would join his team-mate also on the soft tyre but would would set a 1m:42.648 prior to pitting. On his return Lance would set a slow 1m:40.557. Lance was down in twentieth with a 1m:39.642. He would improve with a 1m:38.651 but remained slowest. Lance would continue his run on the soft tyre but would pit having completed thirteen laps. Lance would join his team-mate for his second run. A 1m:37.277 would see Lance now sixteenth but he was 0.5 behind his team-mate. Lance was now running on the medium tyre for his second run. He would pit after six laps currently eighteenth behind the Sauber's. This would become nineteenth and then twentieth and slowest. Lance was back out still on the medium tyre and with the end of the session would complete fourteen laps on this tyre.

Sergey Sirotkin:
Sergey would be the first Williams driver to take to the track using the soft tyre. Sergey's first timed lap would be a 1m:41.068 but he would improve with a 1m:40.250 to be seventeenth. A 1m:39.612 would see Sergey nineteenth. But he would set a 1m:37.980 to be fourteenth dropping to sixteenth. Sergey would pit having completed ten laps. With forty minutes remaining Sergey would come back out again on the soft tyre. He would set a 1m:36.691 to improve into ninth. He would drop to tenth then thirteenth. After a nine lap run he would pit from his second run. Sergey would drop to fifteenth while in his pit. After a short stop Sergey would return remaining on used soft tyres for this run. But he would pit after a single lap. He would return shortly after to continue his run completing twenty laps with the end of the session.

Pos Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m33.999s - 22
2 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m34.358s 0.359s 14
3 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1m34.457s 0.458s 28
4 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m34.537s 0.538s 22
5 Max Verstappen Red Bull/Renault 1m34.668s 0.669s 22
6 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m34.861s 0.862s 18
7 Kevin Magnussen Haas/Ferrari 1m35.178s 1.179s 21
8 Carlos Sainz Renault 1m35.616s 1.617s 23
9 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 1m35.718s 1.719s 21
10 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1m35.800s 1.801s 18
11 Pierre Gasly Toro Rosso/Honda 1m36.037s 2.038s 21
12 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Renault 1m36.044s 2.045s 29
13 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m36.051s 2.052s 28
14 Esteban Ocon Force India/Mercedes 1m36.351s 2.352s 32
15 Sergey Sirotkin Williams/Mercedes 1m36.691s 2.692s 31
16 Brendon Hartley Toro Rosso/Honda 1m36.715s 2.716s 23
17 Charles Leclerc Sauber/Ferrari 1m36.723s 2.724s 23
18 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren/Renault 1m36.756s 2.757s 25
19 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1m36.909s 2.910s 21
20 Lance Stroll Williams/Mercedes 1m37.277s 3.278s 28

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