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Singapore GP: FP3 Great effort from Russell ROKiT Williams

By Andrew Hooper
September 21 2019

The final practice session for the 2019 Singapore GP would see the ROKiT Williams team produce a very necouraging result with George Russell finishing in 15th. He would finish ahead of both Haas drivers and one from Alfa. The result was very similar to those achieved in Hungary. Unfortunately Robert Kubica could only manage 19th so the prospects for his qualifying were not looking as good. 

 ROKiT Williams Singapore GP Saturday Practice

Team Summary:
The start of the final practice session for the 2019 Singapore GP would see a slow feed of drivers coming out and after the first times were set it would be Leclerc fastest with a 1m:39,364 followed by Vettel, Hamilton, Bottas, Albon, and Giovinazzi. Hamilton would improve to be second with the Mercedes on the medium tyre while the resat of the field were on the soft's. The only drivers yet to come out for even an instralltion lap were Verstappen and George. But we would see both Williams drivers come out running at the same time. Perez would move into fifth followed by Norris. Perez was pushing at would hit the wall at teh second last turn seeing him luckily make it back into the pit lane with right rear suspension damage.

With debris on the track the Virtual Safety Car was deployed. This would pretty much ruin the runs of several drivers including those of Williams. But in order to clear the debris coming from Perez's contact with the wall a Red Flag was shown. Prior to this Kvyat would be forced to pit with an engine issue with smoke coming from the rear of his car. The session would restart with twenty two minutes remaining. The Renault's were first back out and Ricciardo would move up to fourth and Hulkenberg seventh. Bottas would go quickest with a 1m:39.166. Verstappen would jump up to third using the soft tyre. George would move up to twelfth while Leclerc would move ahead of Bottas with a 1m:38.192, with only three cars on the track.

But with ten minutes remaining the track was now very busy and after several quick laps it would be Leclerc from Hamilton, Vettel, Bottas, Albon, Verstappen, Sainz, Norris, Hulkenberg and Ricciardo tenth. The Williams drivers were currently 15th and 19th. With the end of the session the positions for the Williams pair would remain the same but the question was now was there any potential for George to make it out of the first period of qualifying. Unfortunately Robert was 0.798 behind his team-mate.

Robert Kubica:
In the final practice Robert would be first out for Williams running on the soft tyre. He would set a 1m:44.248 but he would pit after a short three lap run. Robert would come out for a second run with thirty five minutes remaining still on the soft tyre. Robert would improve with a 1m:42.884 but with the Red Flag he would be forced to pit. With twelve minutes remaining and Robert would return on a new set of soft tyre. Robert would set a 1m:41.954 to be 18th dropping to 19th.

George Russell:
With thirty five minutes remaining George would take to the track on the soft tyre. He would set a 1m:43.743 on his first timed lap. With the Red Flag George would pit. With the restart George would return on new soft tyres. George would set a 1m:41.156 to move up to 12th. George would continue his run on the soft tyre. He would pit after a six lap run completing a practice pit stop. George would drop to 15th as the session continued. But with five minutes remaining George would return for another run but would pit to complete a pit stop returning to the track.

Pos Driver Car Gap Laps
1 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1m38.192s 15
2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 0.207s 15
3 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 0.619s 13
4 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 0.693s 16
5 Alexander Albon Red Bull-Honda 1.066s 14
6 Max Verstappen Red Bull-Honda 1.174s 9
7 Carlos Sainz Jr. McLaren-Renault 1.315s 14
8 Lando Norris McLaren-Renault 1.517s 13
9 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1.926s 15
10 Daniel Ricciardo Renault 1.961s 12
11 Lance Stroll Racing Point-Mercedes 2.017s 11
12 Pierre Gasly Toro Rosso-Honda 2.147s 15
13 Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo-Ferrari 2.761s 16
14 Sergio Perez Racing Point-Mercedes 2.793s 4
15 George Russell Williams-Mercedes 2.964s 13
16 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo-Ferrari 2.977s 14
17 Kevin Magnussen Haas-Ferrari 3.302s 12
18 Romain Grosjean Haas-Ferrari 3.350s 12
19 Robert Kubica Williams-Mercedes 3.762s 13
20 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso-Honda - 3

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Singapore GP: FP3 Great effort from Russell ROKiT Williams
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21/09/2019 23:53
"Russell ROKiT Williams" o man, you discovered true name of this team grinning smiley

Andrew Hooper
22/09/2019 03:55
Nice smiling smiley

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