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Singapore GP: FP2 sees ROKiT Williams close to rivals

By Andrew Hooper
September 21 2019

The second Friday practice session would see the ROKiT Williams team continue their programme with both drivers completing qualifying simulations before switching to longer runs. The team would split their running between the drivers using the medium and hard tyres. The results of the session would see George Russell and Robert Kubica finish in 18th and 20th but the gaps to other teams including Haas and Alfa Romeo was close which was encouraging.. 

 ROKiT Williams Singapore GP Friday 2nd Practice

Team Summary:
With the start of the second Friday practice session both Williams drivers would come out early with both on the soft tyre. George would go fastest but Magnussen would move ahead with a 1m:43.144 but Perez on the soft tyre would set a 1m:41.406 to go quickest. On the medium tyre Hamilton would go quickest with a 1m:40.685 from Perez and Vettel. Only the Williams and Racing Point cars were on the soft tyre. On the medium Bottas would go third while the Williams drivers were 13th and 18th. Hamilton had improved with a 1m:40.405 with Bottas going second. The Williams pair were now 17th and 18th.

Hamilton would set a 1m:39991 to improve his quickest time while Verstappen was now second followed by Leclerc and Bottas. Verstappen was on the hard tyre and Leclerc the medium. With just over an hour remaining the track would empty as drivers completed their first runs. Both Williams drivers would return for a further run on the soft tyre. After their first laps the Williams drivers were 7th and 14th. Drivers started to return but this time on the soft tyre as Albon set a 1m:39.943 to go quickest. But his team-mate Verstappen would go quickest with a 1m:38.957. Hamilton would move ahead with a 1m:38.773 followed by Verstappen, Bottas, Albon, Sainz, and Hulkenberg sixth. Everyone was on the soft tyre with forty minutes remaining. Leclerc and Vettel were fifth and sixth.

With thirty five minutes remaining and both Williams drivers would return for a further run on the soft tyre. The Williams drivers would remain 18th and 20th as they pitted and would return on a split tyre evaluation with one on the hard tyre and the other the medium. Other drivers were on longer runs with the majority focusing on the soft tyre. Both Williams drivers were on longer runs on their respective tyres. With the end of the session it would be Hamilton fastest from Verstappen, Vettel, Bottas, Albon, Leclerc, Sainz, Hulkenberg, Norris and Gasly tenth.

Robert Kubica:
Robert would also come out on the soft tyre for his first run setting a 1m:43.905, to be 0.6 behind his team-mate. This would extend out to 0.7 as George went quicker. Robert had improved with a 1m:43.426 to now be 0.248 behind his team-mate. Robert would also pit but after eight laps on the soft tyre. Robert would return on a new set of soft tyres. he would set a 1m:42.177 to be 14th but would drop down the order to be 19th. He would also pit after six laps. IN the pits he would drop to twentieth. After a short stop Robert would return again on the soft tyre. He would pit after a four lap run having failed to improve. He would return running on the medium tyre as the Williams team split their tyre evaluations. With the end of the session Robert would complete sixteen laps.

George Russell:
With the start of the second Friday practice session George would take to the track running on the soft tyre setting a 1m:43.229 to be 0.7 faster than he was in FP1 on the medium. George would drop down the order as more drivers set times. He would improve with a 1m:43.178. George would pit after an eight lap run. George was also back out on the soft tyre for a second run. George would set a 1m:41.478 to move up to seventh. He would drop to eighth then twelfth as more drivers set times. George would pit currently 16th having completed six laps on the soft tyres. George would also return for a further run on the soft tyre. George would improve with a 1m:41.445 but would remain 18th. George would pit after a four lap run. He would return on the hard tyre. With the end of the session George would pit having completed seventeen laps on teh hard tyre.

Pos Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m38.773s - 29
2 Max Verstappen Red Bull-Honda 1m38.957s 0.184s 29
3 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m39.591s 0.818s 31
4 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1m39.894s 1.121s 30
5 Alexander Albon Red Bull-Honda 1m39.943s 1.170s 30
6 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1m40.018s 1.245s 31
7 Carlos Sainz Jr. McLaren-Renault 1m40.145s 1.372s 33
8 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1m40.324s 1.551s 30
9 Lando Norris McLaren-Renault 1m40.361s 1.588s 35
10 Pierre Gasly Toro Rosso-Honda 1m40.637s 1.864s 32
11 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso-Honda 1m40.713s 1.940s 32
12 Daniel Ricciardo Renault 1m40.811s 2.038s 30
13 Sergio Perez Racing Point-Mercedes 1m40.875s 2.102s 29
14 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo-Ferrari 1m41.128s 2.355s 35
15 Lance Stroll Racing Point-Mercedes 1m41.128s 2.355s 31
16 Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo-Ferrari 1m41.232s 2.459s 28
17 Romain Grosjean Haas-Ferrari 1m41.392s 2.619s 26
18 George Russell Williams-Mercedes 1m41.445s 2.672s 35
19 Kevin Magnussen Haas-Ferrari 1m41.564s 2.791s 30
20 Robert Kubica Williams-Mercedes 1m42.177s 3.404s 35

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