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Italian GP: FP2 results as expected for ROKiT Williams

By Andrew Hooper
September 6 2019

The second Friday practice session for the 2019 Italian GP would see the ROKiT Williams team produce what were expected results with both cars slowest in the session. But it was a session that saw Robert Kubica finish ahead of team-mate George Russell by a reasonable margin. This nice turn of speed was encouraginbg to see aftre such a long time where Robert was always behind his team-mate.

 ROKiT Williams Italian GP Friday 2nd Practice

Team Summary:
With the track dry the second Friday practice session would get underway with a rush of drivers coming out. There was a mix of hard and medium with one Williams out on the soft. The first quick time would come from Bottas with a 1m:22.847. Leclerc would go quickest with a 1m:22.498 but Hamilton would move ahead with a 1m:22.450 except Leclerc was on the hard tyre. Bottas now third followed by Sainz and Verstappen. Vettel would go second and Verstappen now third. Hamilton would improve with a 1m:21.972 with Vettel second followed by Verstappen, Leclerc, Bottas, Sainz, Albon, Ricciardo, Hulkenberg and Perez tenth. Bottas was able to move up to second making it a 1-2 for Mercedes.

Drivers would start to switch to the soft tyre and Leclerc would go quickest with a 1m:20.978. Ricciardo was now fourth but on the medium. On the soft tyre Vettel would go second and Hamilton and Bottas third and fourth. But Verstappen and Albon would improve to be third and fourth with the Mercedes dropping to fifth and sixth. Light rain would start to fall seeing the track empty. But the session would be red flagged to allow the track to be cleaned over gravel which had been brought onto the track as cars went off into the gravel and then returned. The session would restart with the track again dry seeing drivers coming back out. With thirty minutes remaining The Ferraris would be split as Hamilton moved into second after having benefitted from a tow from Bottas. Bottas would improve to be fourth making it a Ferrari - Mercedes - Ferrari - Mercedes. The Red Bull's were fifth and sixth followed by Gasly, Grosjean, Ricciardo and Kvyat in tenth.

Both Williams drivers were still in their pits with twenty five minutes remaining. But both woukd come out for a further soft tyre run. They would be slowest amongst the twenty cars. There was a mix of all tyre types as drivers worked through longer runs with even the hard tyre been used. But rain would start to get worse on certain parts of the track. But drivers would continue with their programmes including both Williams drivers. With the end of the session the order was Leclerc, Hamilton, Vettel, Bottas, Verstappen, Albon, Gasly, Grosjean, Ricciardo, and Kvyat tenth. The Williams drivers were again slowest but Robert would be ahead of team-mate George. The drivers had completed split programmes with their tyres. But it must be encouraging for Robert to be ahead of his team-mate.

Robert Kubica:
Robert would be first out running on the soft tyre. Robert would set a 1m:26.572 on his first lap. Robert would improve with a 1m:25.309 to move ahead of George. Robert would set a 1m:24.462 to remain in front of George. Robert would also pit after a nine lap run. After a short stop Robert would return again on the soft tyre. Robert would improve with a 1m:23.737 and would pit after a four lap run affected by the rain. Robert was back out for a soft tyre run which was turning out to be a longer run with his times in the 1m:27s after seven laps. Robert would complete his run having done fifteen laps. But he would pit and he would return for a single lap as the session ended.

George Russell:
George would follow his team-mate out but was on the medium tyre. George would set a 1m:26.338 to move ahead of Robert. A 1m:25.399 from George but this would see him drop behind Robert. But George would find more pace with a 1m:24.559 after six laps on the medium tyre. George would pit after a seven lap run. George would also come out for a soft tyre run and would improve but only by a small margin with a 1m:24.313. George would only do three laps on this run due to light rain falling. George would again return for a further soft tyre run. But after a short run on the soft tyre he would pit taking on the medium tyre. George was able to benefit from the tow to set times in the 1m:26s. George would pit after a nine lap run.

Pos Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1m20.978s - 37
2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m21.046s 0.068s 32
3 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m21.179s 0.201s 39
4 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1m21.347s 0.369s 34
5 Max Verstappen Red Bull-Honda 1m21.350s 0.372s 29
6 Alexander Albon Red Bull-Honda 1m21.589s 0.611s 30
7 Pierre Gasly Toro Rosso-Honda 1m22.124s 1.146s 42
8 Romain Grosjean Haas-Ferrari 1m22.153s 1.175s 44
9 Daniel Ricciardo Renault 1m22.249s 1.271s 36
10 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso-Honda 1m22.260s 1.282s 37
11 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1m22.338s 1.360s 37
12 Carlos Sainz Jr. McLaren-Renault 1m22.482s 1.504s 32
13 Kevin Magnussen Haas-Ferrari 1m22.511s 1.533s 42
14 Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo-Ferrari 1m22.523s 1.545s 35
15 Lance Stroll Racing Point-Mercedes 1m22.706s 1.728s 32
16 Sergio Perez Racing Point-Mercedes 1m22.882s 1.904s 33
17 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo-Ferrari 1m23.065s 2.087s 35
18 Lando Norris McLaren-Renault 1m23.561s 2.583s 16
19 Robert Kubica Williams-Mercedes 1m23.737s 2.759s 29
20 George Russell Williams-Mercedes 1m24.313s 3.335s 23

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