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Russian GP: Situation normal for ROKiT Williams FP1

By Andrew Hooper
September 27 2019

The opening Fruiday practice session for the 2019 Russian GP was one of it been very much situation normal for the ROKiT Williams Team with both drivers finishing at the bottom of the session times. George Russell would finish in 18th and Robert Kubica 20th. Both drivers would focus on soft tyre runs during the session with both drivers having minor moments out on the track. George would suffer a brake lockup seeing him run wide while Robert would have a very slow speed spin but was able to continue. 

 ROKiT Williams Russian GP Friday 1st Practice

Team Summary:
The opening Friday practice session would see the usual installation laps with the most common tyre been used being the soft. The first time would set set by Stroll with a 1m:43.328 on the soft tyre. Stroll would improve but Perez would move ahead with a 1m:40.862. He would lower this with a 1m:39.610. Both Williams drivers would set times as Kvyat set a 1m:38.550 followed by Sainz and Perez. Gasly was now third but more drivers were going quicker. Ricciardo would set a 1m:37.605 to be quickest followed by Albon and Kvyat. The Williams drivers were currently 8th and 9th. But after their next improved lap times George was 15th and Robert 19th.

At the top of the times we now would have Hamilton fastest with a 1m:36.031 followed by Bottas, Leclerc, Vettel, Hulkenberg, Gasly, Albon, Sainz, Ricciardo, and Grosjean in tenth. With the first forty minutes the track would empty as drivers pitted to return their first set of tyres. Bottas would be first back out running on the medium tyre and would go quickest with a 1m:35.551. But Vettel on the soft tyre would go quickest with a 1m:35.005 followed by Bottas and now Verstappen and Albon. Hamilton was out running on the medium tyre currently in fifth. Leclerc would jump up the times to be quickest with a 1m:34.462, followed now by Vettel, Bottas and Hamilton. Both Williams drivers were on longer runs on the soft tyre.

Verstappen would move up to fourth while team-mate Albon was sixth. The Williams drivers were 18th and 20th with twenty minutes remaining in the session. Verstappen was now second with under twenty minutes remaining. Both Williams cars were back out for their next run again on the soft tyre. They would finish the session in 18th and 20th. The top ten would be Leclerc from Verstappen, Vettel, Bottas, Hamilton, Albon, Hulkenberg, Ricciardo, Perez and Grosjean tenth.

Robert Kubica:
Robert would be first out in the opening Friday practice running on the hard tyre for his two lap installation run. Robert would follow his team-mate out also on the soft tyres. Robert would set a 1m:41.255 to be behind his team-mate. But he would improve with a 1m:40.398 to move ahead of George by just 0.105. Robert would continue to lap on the soft tyre and would set a 1m:39.719 to be 19th. He would pit having completed ten laps. Robert would be first back out after the forty minute lull again on the soft tyre. Robert would set a 1m:39.192 but remained 19th but would drop to 20th. He would continue to lap on the soft tyre with twenty five minutes remaining. Robert would set a 1m:38.670 but remained 20th. Robert would pit after a ten lap run. With just over ten minutes remaining Robert was back out on new soft tyres. Robert was running a lot of low viz on the rear diffuser but would have a spin at Turn five but was able to continue. He would complete seven laps at the end of the session..

George Russell:
With close to twenty minutes of the session complete George would come out running on the soft tyre. George would set a 1m:40.548 to be 0.9 behind the quickest time at this time, that of Perez. He would slightly improve with a 1m:40.503. He would complete six laps and would pit taking on another set of soft tyres. He would improve with a 1m:38.761 to be 13th dropping to 15th. He would pit again after his second four lap run. George was also back out having dropped to 17th. George would have a brake lockup at Turn 13 and would run wide but continued. He had dropped to 19th as he continued with a longer run on the soft tyre. George would improve with a 1m:38.520 to now be 18th. George would pit after a seven lap run. George would also come out for another soft tyre run. George would complete nine laps on his final run and would pit with the end of the session.

Pos Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1m34.462s - 20
2 Max Verstappen Red Bull-Honda 1m34.544s 0.082s 25
3 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m35.005s 0.543s 20
4 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1m35.198s 0.736s 28
5 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m35.411s 0.949s 22
6 Alexander Albon Red Bull-Honda 1m35.484s 1.022s 22
7 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1m35.740s 1.278s 21
8 Daniel Ricciardo Renault 1m36.287s 1.825s 20
9 Sergio Perez Racing Point-Mercedes 1m36.321s 1.859s 27
10 Romain Grosjean Haas-Ferrari 1m36.516s 2.054s 23
11 Carlos Sainz Jr. McLaren-Renault 1m36.523s 2.061s 28
12 Pierre Gasly Toro Rosso-Honda 1m36.538s 2.076s 25
13 Kevin Magnussen Haas-Ferrari 1m36.596s 2.134s 21
14 Lance Stroll Racing Point-Mercedes 1m36.714s 2.252s 26
15 Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo-Ferrari 1m36.770s 2.308s 22
16 Lando Norris McLaren-Renault 1m36.844s 2.382s 30
17 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo-Ferrari 1m37.328s 2.866s 18
18 George Russell Williams-Mercedes 1m38.520s 4.058s 27
19 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso-Honda 1m38.550s 4.088s 5
20 Robert Kubica Williams-Mercedes 1m38.670s 4.208s 29

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