Williams F1
Hungarian GP: Encouraging race for ROKiT Williams
By Andrew Hooper
August 5 2019

The results for the 2019 Hungarian GP would again see the ROKiT Williams team finish down the order with George Russell finishing in 16th and Robert Kubica 19th. But for the first time George was able to race with other drivers rather than seeing them drive off into the distance. For Robert the race was to struggle with a car that did not provide him with a great feeling, something that the team needs to address. But overall it was a promising weekened with the team making improvements, be they small, with the FW42. Now the team has the summer break in which to refresh and come back even more motivated to resolve their issues.
 
 ROKiT Williams Hungarian Grand Prix Race Review
 
Russell
 

After what was one of the best qualifying results for the ROKiT Williams Team with George Russell finish in 16th the team would get ready for the seventy lap 2019 Hungarian GP. George would start the race from fifteenth after other driver grid penalties and Robert Kubica from nineteenth. On pole would be Verstappen followed by Bottas, Hamilton, Leclerc, Vettel, Gasly, Norris Sainz, Grosjean, and Raikkonen tenth. Of the top ten the top six would all be on the medium tyre. Both Williams drivers weer also on the medium along with the bottom half of the grid except for Ricciardo who was on the hard. On the soft were Norris, Sainz, Grosjean and Raikkonen. It was expected that the medium tyre runners would pit around lap twenty one.

With the race start it would be Verstappen leading from Hamilton and Bottas. Leclerc would get past Bottas while for Williams George was able to move up to 14th and Robert was 20th. Vettel would also get past Bottas with the Mercedes driver suffering damage to his car, the front wing, after making contact with Leclerc. Sainz was sixth followed by Norris, Raikkonen, Gasly and Grosjean tenth. Lap five and Verstappen was leading by 2.2 seconds over Hamilton. Robert was running a lonely race at the rear of the field. Bottas would pit on lap seven dropping to the rear of the field taking on the hard compound tyre. George was now running in 13th as a result of Botta's stop. George would be passed by Kvyat dropping back down to 14th. Magnussen would also close in onto George and on lap thirteen he would pass the Williams. Ricciardo would also pass George seeing the Williams 16th. Robert was still 20th having been passed by Bottas.

 
Kubica
 

Bottas would also pass George seeing him now in 17th. At the front Verstappen was leading Hamilton now by 1.9s on lpa seventeen. Leclerc was third followed by Vettel, Sainz and Norris sixth. George would pit on lap eighteen switching to the hard tyre. This would see Robert now 17th and George 18th. Perez would pit on lap twenty one joined by Robert. Perez would drop to 16th and Robert goes 20th. George was running in 17th as Grosjean pitted coming back on the hard tyre in 16th. Kvyat would pit on lap twenty four returning in 16th like every other driver running on the hard. Lap twenty four and the order was Verstappen, Hamilton, Leclerc, Vettel, Sainz, Norris, Raikkonen, Gasly, Hulkenberg, and Albon tenth. For Williams George was in 17th and Robert 20th.

 
Russell
 

Verstappen would pit on lap twenty seven taking on hard tyres. He would come out in front of the Ferrari's. George was running around ten seconds behind Grosjean. Leclerc would pit on lap twenty nine changing to the hard tyre. He would return in fourth. More drivers would pit including Gasly, Norris, and Albon. Hamilton was now leading but on very well used medium tyres. Hamilton would pit on lap thirty three. He would also take on the hard tyre. This would see Verstappen again leading from Hamilton, Vettel, Leclerc, Sainz, Gasly, Hulkenberg, Raikkonen, Magnussen, and Norris. Magnussen would drop out of the top ten as he was passed by Norris and Bottas. Hulkenberg would pit on lap thirty nine taking on the soft tyre and returning in 15th. Vettel would pit on lap forty one taking on the soft tyre returning in fourth..

 
Kubica
 

Lap forty two and the top ten was Verstappen, Hamilton, Leclerc, Vettel, Sainz, Gasly, Raikkonen, Norris, Bottas and Ricciardo tenth but Ricciardo was yet to pit. Bottas and Ricciardo would pit on lap forty nine with Bottas now on the medium and Ricciardo the soft. Bottas was now twelfth and Ricciardo fifteenth. Hamilton would also pit on lap fifty taking on the medium tyre. He would return still ahead of Leclerc. Bottas would get past both Toro Rosso cars to now be tenth. Grosjean would retire in his pit and Stroll would pit switching to the soft tyre returning behind Robert. George was now thirty three seconds behind Ricciardo. At the front Hamilton would slowly close the gap to Verstappen. Lap sixty three and the gap was just over six seconds. He would eventually pass him on lap sixty eight and would go on and take victory in the 2019 Hungarian GP. Verstappen would finish in second followed by Vettel, Leclerc, Sainz, Gasly, Raikkonen, Bottas, Norris and Albon tenth. Verstappen would set a fastest lap having pitted just before the end of the race switching to the soft tyre. For Williams George would finish in 16th and Robert 19th. Both would finish two laps down with George over sixty seconds behind 15th position. It was a race that saw George be able to fight with other drivers rather than seeing them disappear into the distant so it was a race that had some positives for the Williams Team but there is still a large amount of work to do to find further pace from the FW42 as well as trying to bring Robert closer to his team-mate.