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British GP: Mixed result for ROKiT Williams in FP1

By Andrew Hooper
July 12 2019

The opening Friday practice session would produce a mixed result for the ROKiT Willaims team with George Russell finishing 17th but for team-mate Robert Kubica he would be last in the times and a considerable margin behind his team-mate. Both drivers would focus on several runs on the medium tyre as they worked on evaluating the updates that the team had brought for the FW42. The real test will be the second Friday session to see if Robert can close the gap to his team-mate.

 ROKiT Williams British GP Friday 1st Practice

Team Summary:
The opening Friday practice for the British Grand Prix would see no cars set a time as ten minutes were completed of the session. Both Williams drivers had set times but the quickest time was from Norris with a 1m:31.691 followed by Hulkenberg, Robert and George. But the times would quickly change with Bottas now fastest with a 1m:29.604 followed by Norris, Verstappen, Leclerc, Perez and Vettel. Hamilton would go quickest with a 1m:29.118 from Verstappen and Bottas. Both Mercedes were on the medium tyre and the Red Bull the soft. Bottas would move to teh top of the times with a 1m:27.832 followed by Hamilton, Verstappen, Gasly, Perez, Vettel, Albon, Ricciardo, Leclerc and Sainz tenth.

The session would be red flagged when Raikkonen would stop on the edge of the track forcing the marshals to push his car off the track. The session would restart with forty two minutes remaining. Drivers would start to return including both Williams cars again on the medium tyre. Bottas would improve with a 1m:27.629 followed now by Hamilton, Vettel, Leclerc, Verstappen, and Gasly sixth. A small amount of rain would fall seeing only limited running. Fifteen minutes remaining and there were only eight cars running and it did not include the Williams pair. But they would again come out fro a further run on the medium tyre. George would improve to be 17th but Robert was still last. Gasly would improve to be second followed by Verstappen and Hamilton. But it would be Gasly who would set the fastest time with a 1m:27.173 from Bottas, Verstappen, Hamilton, Leclerc, Vettel, Hulkenberg, Ricciardo, Albon and Sainz tenth. Both Williams drivers would complete practice starts using the intermediate tyre with the pair 17th and 20th.

Robert Kubica:
Robert would take to the track first in the opening Friday practice coming out on the hard tyre. With close to twenty minutes of the session completed Robert would return running on the medium tyre. A 1m:34.735 from Robert on his first lap been the only driver to set a time. Robert would set a 1m:33.014 to be down the bottom of the times. he would improve with a 1m:32.121 to be 0.310 behind his team-mate. Robert would pit after a ten lap run. Robert would return again on the medium tyre. He would not improve his time and would also pit after five laps. Robert would return for another run on the medium tyre. He would remain slowest after another five lap run.

George Russell:
Ten minutes into the session and George had yet to take to the track. But with twenty minutes completed George would come out also running on the medium tyre. A 1m:34.736 from George sees him just behind his team-mate. George would improve with a 1m:32.1025 to be second dropping to third. This would become seventh as others went quicker. George would have a moment that would see him off onto the grass at Brooklands. he was able to continue. A 1m:31.811 from George and he would pit after a seven lap run. George was also back out again on the medium tyre. He would set a 1m:31.452 to improve his time but not his position. George would pit after a five lap run. Be he would also return for another medium tyre run. George would be running with flow viz around his bargeboards. He would improve with a 1m:30.741 to be 17th. George would pit after a seven lap run.

Pos Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Pierre Gasly Red Bull-Honda 1m27.173s - 25
2 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1m27.629s 0.456s 29
3 Max Verstappen Red Bull-Honda 1m28.009s 0.836s 21
4 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m28.122s 0.949s 26
5 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1m28.253s 1.080s 21
6 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m28.304s 1.131s 21
7 Nico Hulkenberg Renault-Williams 1m28.803s 1.630s 21
8 Daniel Ricciardo Renault 1m29.031s 1.858s 24
9 Alexander Albon Toro Rosso-Honda 1m29.093s 1.920s 26
10 Carlos Sainz Jr. McLaren-Renault 1m29.162s 1.989s 31
11 Lando Norris McLaren-Renault 1m29.170s 1.997s 23
12 Sergio Perez Racing Point-Mercedes 1m29.453s 2.280s 27
13 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso-Honda 1m29.500s 2.327s 26
14 Lance Stroll Racing Point-Mercedes 1m29.657s 2.484s 25
15 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo-Ferrari 1m30.099s 2.926s 24
16 Kevin Magnussen Haas-Ferrari 1m30.605s 3.432s 24
17 George Russell Williams-Mercedes 1m30.741s 3.568s 25
18 Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo-Ferrari 1m30.747s 3.574s 12
19 Romain Grosjean Haas-Ferrari 1m30.811s 3.638s 22
20 Robert Kubica Williams-Mercedes 1m32.121s 4.948s 27

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