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Monaco GP: No improvement in FP2 for ROKiT Williams

By Andrew Hooper
May 24 2019

The second Thursday practice session for the 2019 Monaco GP would see the ROKiT Williams Team find no real improvement in their times with both drivetrs finishing the slowest. George Russell would finish ahead of team-mate Robert Kubica in what was an overall unevetful day. George would have a brake lock up at Ste Devote flat spotting his left front tyre forcing him to adjust his programme. The session would see both drivers focus on longer runs late in the session.

 ROKiT Williams Monaco GP Thursday 2nd Practice

Team Summary:
The second practice session for the 2019 Monaco Grand prix would see drivers coming out on a variety of tyres covering all three tyre types. Giovinazzi would set a 1m:14.625 to be an early quickest, running on the medium tyre. Team-mate Raikkonen would go quicker with a 1m:13.905 with Norris second. Giovinazzi would return to the top of the times with a 1m:13.794. With just over ten minutes completed neither Williams driver had set a time. Albon was now quickest with a 1m:13.082 running on the soft. Leclerc and Vettel were second and third but Vettel would go quickest on the soft tyre with a 1m:12.982 but Albon would swap the places with a 1m:12.834. Leclerc was now second followed by Vettel.

Only one Williams was out running with the second still in its garage with fifteen minutes completed. Bottas would go fastest with a 1m:12.798 running on the medium. Vettel was now second but on the soft tyre with Albon now third. Hamilton would move up to second just 0.066 behind his team-mate. A 1m:11.926 from Hamilton to go quickest while Gasly was now fourth. Bottas was also into the 1m:11s but remained second from Verstappen, Vettel, Gasly, Albon, Leclerc and Norris eighth. Gasly would move up to fourth while for Williams they were now 18th and 20th.

Vettel would go quickest with a 1m:11.881 but was on the soft tyre. But Bottas would return on the soft tyre and would set a 1m:11.597 to go quickest. Vettel was second followed by Hamilton but the Mercedes driver had yet to set a soft tyre time. The Williams drivers would eventually go slowest with George just ahead of Robert. Bottas would improve with a 1m:11.199 to be fastest from Hamilton, Vettel, Gasly, Albon, Verstappen, Magnussen, Giovinazzi, Raikkonen, and Leclerc. But Hamilton would go quicker with a 1m:11.118. The Williams team had both drivers out with under thirty minutes remaining but they had split their tyre evaluations with George on the medium and Robert the soft. The Williams drivers continue to carry out their longer runs with just over ten minutes remaining. Both would pit as the final minutes of the sessions started switching to the opposite tyre. Both drivers would complete practice starts with the end of the session. At the end of the session it would seem that both drivers had gone backwards in their times compared to FP1.

Robert Kubica:
Robert would be first out for Williams running on the medium tyre. Robert would set a 1m:19.823 to be slowest. He would improve with a 1m:17.453 but remained slowest. Robert would set a 1m:16.369 as he continued his run. His next lap was a 1m:15.715 and he would then pit after a seven lap run. Robert was back out switching to the soft tyre. He would improve with a 1m:15.292 to be just 0.24 behind his team-mate. A 1m:15.146 would see Robert move into 19th and ahead of Stroll. He would pit after a nine lap run. With just under thirty minutes remaining Robert would come out on new soft tyres. He would complete a 19 lap run on the soft tyre before pitting to switch to the medium tyre. He would complete a short run on the medium tyre and the session would end.

George Russell:
Twenty minutes of the session completed and George was still in his pit. But he would finally come out running on the soft tyre setting a 1m:15.734 to be slowest. He would improve with a 1m:15.052 to move up to 18th. George would go off at Ste Devote after a massive brake lockup on the front right. He would pit straight away to have his car checked. With just over forty minutes remaining George would return this time on the medium tyre. he was on a longer run on the harder tyre. George would pit after a ten lap run. He would return on new medium tyres and would complete a 17 lap run, pitting with just under five minutes remaining. He would return for a soft tyre run in the final moments of the session but would not improve.

Pos Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m11.118s - 41
2 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1m11.199s 0.081s 48
3 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m11.881s 0.763s 42
4 Pierre Gasly Red Bull-Honda 1m11.938s 0.820s 39
5 Alexander Albon Toro Rosso-Honda 1m12.031s 0.913s 51
6 Max Verstappen Red Bull-Honda 1m12.052s 0.934s 17
7 Kevin Magnussen Haas-Ferrari 1m12.174s 1.056s 54
8 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo-Ferrari 1m12.239s 1.121s 51
9 Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo-Ferrari 1m12.342s 1.224s 51
10 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1m12.350s 1.232s 42
11 Romain Grosjean Haas-Ferrari 1m12.392s 1.274s 51
12 Lando Norris McLaren-Renault 1m12.393s 1.275s 27
13 Carlos Sainz Jr. McLaren-Renault 1m12.419s 1.301s 47
14 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso-Honda 1m12.577s 1.459s 39
15 Sergio Perez Racing Point-Mercedes 1m12.752s 1.634s 44
16 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1m12.872s 1.754s 49
17 Daniel Ricciardo Renault 1m12.888s 1.770s 53
18 Lance Stroll Racing Point-Mercedes 1m14.558s 3.440s 40
19 George Russell Williams-Mercedes 1m15.052s 3.934s 37
20 Robert Kubica Williams-Mercedes 1m15.146s 4.028s 45

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