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Spanish GP: ROKiT Williams FP3 slowest but looking better

By Andrew Hooper
May 11 2019

Despite again finishing slowest in the final practice session for the 2019 Spanish GP the ROKiT Williams Team would seem to close the gap to the cars in front, if only by tenths. George Russell would finish ahead of team-mate Robert Kubica but the session would see George spin off into the gravel on what would have been his best lap based on his first sector. He would finish just 0.4 behind the Mclaren in front of hmi. As for Robert his session was ruined by the fact that his team-mates crash would see a red flag and the session would be ended without Robert been able to complete hsi qualifying simulation.

 ROKiT Williams Spanish GP Saturday Practice

Team Summary:
The first quickest time was from Leclerc with a 1mL:19.334 but Vettel would go quicker with a 1m:18.925. Both were on the soft tyre as Vettel improved with a 1m:18.255 followed now by Leclerc and Hulkenberg. Ricciardo was now fourth ahead of Sainz. Both Ferrari's would pit but would quickly return on new soft tyres. Vettel had spun his car at the final chicane prior to pitting. On his out lap Bottas had spun at Turn five going into the gravel seeing a red flag come out. The session would restart with Hamilton going third from Verstappen and Raikkonen. These drivers were on the medium tyre. Hamilton would go quickest with a 1m:17.655 from Vettel and Leclerc.

Both Williams drivers would complete soft tyre runs with George finishing ahead of team-mate Robert. Twenty minutes remaining and the order was Hamilton, Vettel, Leclerc, Albon, Verstappen, Gasly, Magnussen, Kvyat, Grosjean and Ricciardo tenth. The track was quite empty with drivers coming in to get ready for their qualifying simulations. Fifteen minutes and drivers started to return. The top three were all back out joined by Bottas. Bottas would go quickest with a 1m:17.291. But Leclerc would go quicker with a 1m:17.099. Hamilton would also go quicker with a 1m:16.568. Leclerc was now second followed by Vettel, Grosjean, Bottas, and Magnussen sixth. Bottas would move in to third while Verstappen was only seventh. More drivers were on second runs on the soft tyre.

But the session would be red flagged when George would go off at Turn four. The session would not be restarted with the top remaining Hamilton, Leclerc, Bottas, Vettel, Grosjean, Magnussen, Verstappen, Albon, Raikkonen, and Sainz in tenth. The Williams drivers were slowest with George ahead of Robert but not had not had the opportunity to complete his qualifying simulation.

Robert Kubica:
With the start of the Saturday practice session it would be Robert who was out first running on the hard tyre. he would set the first time of the session with a 1m:28.795. He would improve with a 1m:26.335. Another improvement with a 1m:26.214 as he continued to lap on the hard tyre. A 1m:25.863 from Robert with seven laps completed. Robert was currently seventh. He would continue to find tenths setting a 1m:25.602 followed by 1m:25.170 and then a 1m:24.812. Robert would complete a single lap pitting to return on a set of soft tyres. On this run Robert would set a 1m:20.834 to be 0.881 behind his team-mate. Robert would improve with a 1m:20.570 but was still 0.813 behind his team-mate. he would pit after a five lap run. With five minutes remaining Robert would return but he would have to pit as a result of the red flag and could not return.

George Russell:
After a ten minute wait George would come out running on the soft tyre. George would set a 1m:21.581 to currently be sixth. He would improve with a 1m:20.688 but would pit after a five lap run. He would return on a new set of soft tyres but would have to pit as a result of the red flag. George was able to improve with a 1m:19.953. This was just 1.6 seconds behind the quickest time from Vettel who had run on the soft tyre. George would find time with a 1m:19.757 having completed four laps. He would pit and change to a new set of soft tyres returning with twenty minutes remaining. But he would pit after a single lap. George would return for his final run on new soft tyres with eight minutes remaining. George would set a 1m:19.421 to be 18th and ahead of Stroll. But it would go wrong at Turn four for George spinning off and going backwards into the barrier. The spin was totally unexpected with the rear braking away. The car looked not too badly damaged.

Pos Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m16.568s - 14
2 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1m17.099s 0.531s 16
3 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1m17.123s 0.555s 9
4 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m17.172s 0.604s 15
5 Romain Grosjean Haas-Ferrari 1m17.192s 0.624s 15
6 Kevin Magnussen Haas-Ferrari 1m17.530s 0.962s 15
7 Max Verstappen Red Bull-Honda 1m17.558s 0.990s 12
8 Alexander Albon Toro Rosso-Honda 1m17.864s 1.296s 16
9 Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo-Ferrari 1m17.969s 1.401s 17
10 Carlos Sainz Jr. McLaren-Renault 1m18.003s 1.435s 17
11 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso-Honda 1m18.105s 1.537s 17
12 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1m18.350s 1.782s 17
13 Sergio Perez Racing Point-Mercedes 1m18.656s 2.088s 12
14 Pierre Gasly Red Bull-Honda 1m18.693s 2.125s 12
15 Lance Stroll Racing Point-Mercedes 1m18.734s 2.166s 16
16 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo-Ferrari 1m18.740s 2.172s 14
17 Daniel Ricciardo Renault 1m18.974s 2.406s 14
18 Lando Norris McLaren-Renault 1m19.007s 2.439s 14
19 George Russell Williams-Mercedes 1m19.421s 2.853s 16
20 Robert Kubica Williams-Mercedes 1m20.570s 4.002s 18

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