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Russian GP: FP2 sees no change for Williams Martini

By Andrew Hooper
September 29 2018

The second Friday practice session for the 2018 Russian GP would see no change in the results for the Williams Martini team with their drivers finishing last in the order. Sergey Sirotkin would finish in 19th having completed runs on both the soft and hypersoft tyre. For team-mate Lance Stroll his session would see him  finish in 20th having focused on the ultrasoft tyre during the session. Both drivers would have fairly uneventful sessions with Lance reporting that he had hit a kerb and may have done damage to his car. Based on this the rest of the weekend is going to a be very difficult for the Williams team as they continue to struggle for pace.

 Williams Martini Russian GP Friday 2nd Practice

Team Summary:
The opening half and hour of the second Friday practice session would see the Williams pair lead the mileage rankings but they were at the bottom of the timesheets with Lance on the ultrasoft tyres leading Sergey on the soft's. With half an hour of the session completed the Williams drivers were 16th and 20th but the places had been reversed with Sergey leading Lance. The top three was Verstappen on the hypersoft tyre, 1m:34.164, followed by Hamilton and Bottas on the ultrasoft. The next runs would see hypersoft tyre runs from a large number of drivers. Hamilton would go quickest with a 1m:33.548 followed now by Bottas, Verstappen, and Ricciardo.

The Williams drivers were currently 17th and 18th but those behind them had yet to set their hypersoft times. Hamilton would improve his quickest time with a 1m:33.385. The Williams drivers would drop to 19th and 20th as others went quicker. But with close to an hour completed they would remain in these the final positions and as the session drew to an end they would complete further runs but would remain slowest. Both Williams drivers were a considerable margin behind the midfield group. Fifteenth placed Grosjean was around a second faster than the Williams pair. Based on this the rest of the weekend is going to a be very difficult for the Williams team as they continue to struggle for pace.

Lance Stroll:
Lance would take to the track early having lost a substantial amount of time in the first Friday practice running on the ultrasoft tyre. His first time would be a 1m:39.070. Lance was able to improve with a 1m:38.406 still on the ultrasoft tyre. Lance was currently 19th one place ahead of his team-mate. Lance would complain that he was still suffer from oversteer in the high speed sections of the track. Lance would improve with a 1m:37.540 still on the ultrasoft tyres. Lance would pit having completed sixteen laps. Lance would also come out for a hypersoft tyre run and would set a 1m:37.105 having failed to improve in the last sector after having set personal bests in the first two. Lance would report that "I hit the kerb pretty aggressively at Turn two and could the team check his car" Lance would continue to lap setting personal bests but would not improve his overall time. he would pit after a seven lap run. Lance would complete a further run on the hypersoft tyre followed by two runs on the ultrasoft. He would complete twenty six laps on the ultrasoft tyre during the session and would finish with a best time of 1m:37.001.

Sergey Sirotkin:
Sergey would start the second Friday practice session running on the soft tyre in what would be a longer run on this tyre. His first time would be a 1m:38.979 Sergey would be last in the times. He would improve to be 19th using the hypersoft tyre with a best time of 1m:36.861. He was down in 20th but he would improve with a 1m:38.103 to improve one place. Sergey had run wide at Turn seven but was able to continue and he would pit having completed twelve laps on the soft tyre. Sergey would return with an hour remaining running on the hypersoft tyre. He would set a 1m:36.861 to be 15th dropping to 17th. Having completed five laps Sergey would set personal bests in the opening two sectors but would fail to improve in the last. Sergey would pit after a seven lap run. Sergey would complete a further two runs on the hypersoft tyre but his best time would remain the 1m:36.861. Sergey would complete his session with a further run on the soft tyre completing a total of twenty six laps on this tyre.

Pos Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m33.385s - 35
2 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1m33.584s 0.199s 33
3 Max Verstappen Red Bull-Renault 1m33.827s 0.442s 32
4 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull-Renault 1m33.844s 0.459s 37
5 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m33.928s 0.543s 33
6 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m34.388s 1.003s 31
7 Sergio Perez Force India-Mercedes 1m35.122s 1.737s 30
8 Pierre Gasly Toro Rosso-Honda 1m35.137s 1.752s 28
9 Esteban Ocon Force India-Mercedes 1m35.147s 1.762s 33
10 Marcus Ericsson Sauber-Ferrari 1m35.295s 1.910s 35
11 Kevin Magnussen Haas-Ferrari 1m35.331s 1.946s 33
12 Carlos Sainz Renault 1m35.341s 1.956s 37
13 Charles Leclerc Sauber-Ferrari 1m35.432s 2.047s 32
14 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1m35.568s 2.183s 35
15 Romain Grosjean Haas-Ferrari 1m35.911s 2.526s 35
16 Brendon Hartley Toro Rosso-Honda 1m36.024s 2.639s 29
17 Fernando Alonso McLaren-Renault 1m36.074s 2.689s 34
18 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren-Renault 1m36.617s 3.232s 31
19 Sergey Sirotkin Williams-Mercedes 1m36.861s 3.476s 39
20 Lance Stroll Williams-Mercedes 1m37.001s 3.616s 35

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