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Monaco GP: Encouraging FP1 for ROKiT Williams

By Andrew Hooper
May 23 2019

The opening Thursday pratice session for the 2019 Monaco Grand Prix would see the ROKiT Williams team drivers finish in 17th and 18th. George Russell would lead his team-mate Robert Kubica by a few tenths which in what was an encouraging session for the team. Even though they were still at the bottom of the times they were at least not last. The only moment for the team during the session was a spin from Robert seeing him kiss the barrier. Will be interesting to see how the team fares in the second session.

 ROKiT Williams Monaco GP Friday 1st Practice

Team Summary:
Both Williams drivers would set times but it would be the Mercedes pair that you be quickest with a 1m:17.771 from Bottas with Hamilton second. Leclerc and Vettel would follow but Bottas would improve with a 1m:14.240 followed by Hamilton, Vettel, Leclerc, Hulkenberg and Ricciardo. The Williams drivers were in 7th and 8th. Hamilton would go quickest with a 1m:13.636 from Bottas and Leclerc. Ricciardo was now fourth. With fifteen minutes completed the Williams drivers were 10th and 11th. The pair would drop to 14th and 16th as the session progressed. Magnussen was now in fifth followed by Gasly. But Verstappen would move into sixth followed by Hulkenberg and Gasly.

Verstappen would improve to fourth with Albon fifth followed by Hulkenberg and Ricciardo. Hamilton would set a stunning time of 1m:12.932 to increase his lead over Bottas. Gasly was able to move ahead of the Renault's now sixth ahead of Kvyat, Hulkenberg and Ricciardo. Verstappen would move into second splitting the Mercedes. Both Haas cars had been blacked flag early in the session due to a radio issue. Vettel was down in 11th as the track emptied as drivers came back in to return their set of Pirelli tyres.

The Ferrari's would be amongst the first cars to return. Bottas would set a 1m:12.818 to go fastest but Hamilton would improve with a 1m:12.422 to return to the top pf the times. Vettel was third followed by Leclerc and Vettel. Bottas would return to the top with a 1m:12.248.A 1m:12.106 from Hamilton followed still by Bottas, Leclerc and Vettel. For Williams their drivers were in 16th and 17th with both drivers pitting after their second runs. Robert had a small spin and had pitted for his car to be checked out. More drivers would start to run on different tyres with both Toro Rosso cars on the medium tyre. With under thirty minutes remaining both Williams drivers were in their pits.

The top ten was Hamilton followed by Bottas, Leclerc, Verstappen, Vettel, Gasly, Raikkonen, Ricciardo, and Giovinazzi in tenth. Both Racing Point had been running on the hard tyre but with twenty minutes remaining only the top three were running. Verstappen was now second with a 1m:12.165. The Williams drivers were now in 17th and 18th with George ahead of Robert by 0.3s. they would remain in those positions with the end of the session. The top ten was Hamilton from Verstappen, Bottas, Leclerc, Vettel, Gasly, Hulkenberg, Magnussen, Raikkonen and Grosjean. For the first time the Williams team could say that they were officially not last.

Robert Kubica:
Robert would follow team-mate George out also using the soft tyre. Robert would set a 1m:22.956. Robert would put in a series of laps and would set a 1m:19.093 to be ahead of his team-mate. But Robert would set a 1m:17.792 to remain quicker of the Williams drivers. Robert was also finding time setting a 1m:17.020 to be just fractions behind George. Robert was able to set a 1m:16.398 to move into 11th. he would drop to 15th prior to pitting after a 14 lap run. But like his team-mate he would return on a new set of tyres. Robert would follow his team-mate out for his second run. Robert would improve with a 1m:15.914 to be in 16th. Further improvement with a 1m:15.514 closing the agp to George to just 0.399. A spin from Robert but he would keep it off the barriers making the smallest of contact returning to his pit to be checked out. He had completed seven laps. With the end of the session Robert would not returning possible due to an issue with his car after making that contact with the barrier.

George Russell:
George would be out first in the opening practice session running on the soft tyre. George would go straight for a time with a 1m:25.394. His next lap would see a 1m:21.736. An improved time of 1m:20.531 from George but he would improve with a 1m:19.265. A 1m:18.671 from George but he was still behind Robert. An improved 1m:17.525 from George to move ahead of his team-mate. A further improvement of 1m:17.016 would see George 8th. A 1m:16.770 as George dialled himself into the circuit. George would pit taking on a new set of soft tyres currently in 17th. Waiting in the pits George would drop to 19th and would return for his next run.

George would also find time with a 1m:15.115 to move in 16th. George would pit after a ten lap run. George would return on new soft tyres but would again return to the pits. Just under twenty minutes and George would return remaining on the soft tyre. He would continue to lap the circuit remaining in 17th. He would complete his longer run on the soft tyre pitting after an eight lap run. George would return to complete a practice start on the grid.

Pos Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m12.106s - 47
2 Max Verstappen Red Bull-Honda 1m12.165s 0.059s 35
3 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1m12.178s 0.072s 43
4 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1m12.467s 0.361s 25
5 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m12.823s 0.717s 36
6 Pierre Gasly Red Bull-Honda 1m13.170s 1.064s 41
7 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1m13.227s 1.121s 45
8 Kevin Magnussen Haas-Ferrari 1m13.232s 1.126s 24
9 Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo-Ferrari 1m13.363s 1.257s 39
10 Romain Grosjean Haas-Ferrari 1m13.379s 1.273s 23
11 Daniel Ricciardo Renault 1m13.413s 1.307s 41
12 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo-Ferrari 1m13.437s 1.331s 39
13 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso-Honda 1m13.731s 1.625s 40
14 Alexander Albon Toro Rosso-Honda 1m13.827s 1.721s 45
15 Lando Norris McLaren-Renault 1m14.278s 2.172s 39
16 Sergio Perez Racing Point-Mercedes 1m14.566s 2.460s 40
17 George Russell Williams-Mercedes 1m15.115s 3.009s 40
18 Robert Kubica Williams-Mercedes 1m15.514s 3.408s 24
19 Lance Stroll Racing Point-Mercedes 1m16.135s 4.029s 37
20 Carlos Sainz Jr. McLaren-Renault 2m00.670s 48.564s 4

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