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German GP: ROKiT Williams evaluates new updates

By Andrew Hooper
July 26 2019

The opening Friday practice session for the 2019 German GP would see the ROKiT Williams team run back to back evaluations for several new updates that the team had brought to this race. Robert Kubica would run with the new updates while team-mate George Russell would run a standard setup. At the end of the session Robert would finish around 0.5 ahead of his team-mate after completing several runs one which saw the car running lots of flow viz. The session was a one where the Williams drivers should be able to take some encouragement from the pace shown from the car with the updates despite the fact that they were again slowest.

 ROKiT Williams German GP Friday 1st Practice

Team Summary:
The first lap time would be a 1m:17.939 from Sainz on the hard tyre. Both Williams car would complete single installation laps. With ten minutes of the session completed only the Mercedes cars had yet to come out. Fifteen minutes completed and the track was now empty. The session would be red flagged when Magnussen was to stop on the track with no power. His car would be recovered and the session would restart with a large number of drivers taking to the track with just over an hour remaining. As times weer set it would be Bottas quickest with a 1m:14.828 on the soft tyre. he was followed by Hamilton and Verstappen.

Bottas would set a 1m:14.805 still followed by Hamilton, Verstappen, Leclerc, Vettel, Hulkenberg, Ricciardo, Grosjean, Sainz and Kvyat tenth. Leclerc would improve to be second with the top three all on the soft tyres. Both Williams drivers would complete their first runs being slowest. But Robert was ahead of George. With the second runs commencing George was able to move ahead of Robert while Robert remained in his pit no doubt evaluating the new updates. Both Mercedes were on the medium tyre and Hamilton would go quickest with a 1m:14.315. Sainz was now in third but on the soft tyre. At the front Leclerc would go quickest with a 1m:14.268 but he was on the soft tyre. Verstappen was now third but this would all change as Vettel went quickest with a 1m:14.013 followed by Leclerc and Hamilton.

The Williams drivers were still slowest but were only a few tenths away from the cars in front. Near the end of the session Bottas would take to the gravel only managing fifth. Vettel would remain quickest from Leclerc, Hamilton, Verstappen, Bottas, Gasly, Sainz, Grosjean, Stroll, and Ricciardo tenth. The Williams drivers should take some encouragement from the pace shown from the car with the updates.

Robert Kubica:
Robert would have the latest updates to evaluate during the Friday sessions. His team-mate would run the setup that he had in Britain. Robert would complete his installation lap running on the soft tyre. Robert would return but would have issues with his DRS but would be forced to pit with a red flag allowing him to have the DRS checked. With the green flag Robert would return on new soft tyres. Robert would set a 1m:18.648 on his first timed lap. A small improvement from Robert with a 1m:18.620. Another improvement with a 1m:17.962 to see him behind his team-mate. Robert would pit after a ten lap run also completing a practice pit stop. With thirty minutes remaining Robert would return again on the soft tyre. He would set a 1m:16.559 to move up to 17th dropping to 19th. He would pit and after a short break would return with new soft tyres and lots of flow viz on his car as the team evaluated the aerodynamics of the new updates. Robert would pit after a five lap run.

George Russell:
George would complete his installation lap also using soft tyres. George would aso be forced to pit with the red flag. George would also return with the restart also on new soft tyres. A 1m:17.931 from George to see him currently tenth. He would improve with a 1m:17.734 dropping to 13th. He would pit completing a practice pit stop. With forty four minutes remaining George would return on new soft tyres. He would improve with a 1m:17.199 to move ahead of his team-mate. A further improvement with a 1m:17.126 would see George moves ahead of Raikkonen but the Alfa Romeo driver was on the medium tyre. George would pit after a seven lap run. He would drop to the bottom of the times. George would return also on soft tyres pitting after a six lap run without improving his time.

Pos Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m14.013s - 21
2 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1m14.268s 0.255s 25
3 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m14.315s 0.302s 32
4 Max Verstappen Red Bull-Honda 1m14.330s 0.317s 28
5 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1m14.660s 0.647s 28
6 Pierre Gasly Red Bull-Honda 1m14.813s 0.800s 23
7 Carlos Sainz Jr. McLaren-Renault 1m15.062s 1.049s 30
8 Romain Grosjean Haas-Ferrari 1m15.074s 1.061s 30
9 Lance Stroll Racing Point-Mercedes 1m15.191s 1.178s 26
10 Daniel Ricciardo Renault 1m15.567s 1.554s 23
11 Sergio Perez Racing Point-Mercedes 1m15.604s 1.591s 24
12 Lando Norris McLaren-Renault 1m15.616s 1.603s 26
13 Kevin Magnussen Haas-Ferrari 1m15.759s 1.746s 27
14 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso-Honda 1m15.776s 1.763s 30
15 Alexander Albon Toro Rosso-Honda 1m15.777s 1.764s 24
16 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1m15.823s 1.810s 23
17 Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo-Ferrari 1m15.953s 1.940s 26
18 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo-Ferrari 1m16.382s 2.369s 31
19 Robert Kubica Williams-Mercedes 1m16.559s 2.546s 27
20 George Russell Williams-Mercedes 1m17.126s 3.113s 23

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