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Russian GP: No real change in FP2 for ROKiT Williams

By Andrew Hooper
September 27 2019

The results of the second Friday practice session for the 2019 Russian GP would see very little change take place for the ROKiT Williams team over the earlier session. George Russell and Robert Kubica were again slowest but this session would see Robert an increased margin behind his team-mate after their soft tyre runs. Both drivers would complete longer runs late in the session with George focusing on the medium tyre and Robert the soft and the hard. 

 ROKiT Williams Russian GP Friday 2nd Practice

Team Summary:
The second Friday practice session would see a rush of drivers coming out to set times. After the first runs it would be Leclerc fastest with a 1m:34.148 running on the medium tyre. Behind him was Magnussen and Norris with the top six all on the medium tyre. Fourth was Stroll from Gasly, Grosjean, Kvyat, and Raikkonen. Perez would move up to second and Grosjean in fourth also on the medium tyre. Vettel would move up to second also on the medium tyre. Bottas was up to third on the hard tyre while both Williams driver had completed their runs on the soft tyre and were currently 15th and 16th. They were the only drivers to use the soft tyre and while they were in the pits they would drop to the bottom of the times.

Hamilton was now in fourth followed by Perez, Magnussen, Grosjean, Verstappen, Hulkenberg and Albon. All of the top ten except Bottas were on the medium tyre. Verstappen would improve to be fourth as we started to see more drivers coming out on the soft tyre. Leclerc was out on the soft tyre and would set a 1m:33.497 with Vettel second. Hamilton was now third but had completed a longer run on the medium tyre. Verstappen would move up to be quickest with a 1m:33.162. Leclerc was now second followed by Bottas, Hamilton, Vettel, Gasly, Perez, Hulkenberg, Stroll and Norris tenth. With twenty minutes remaining the track was very busy as drivers completed longer runs with the medium and soft tyres been used.

Hamilton would come out for his first soft tyre run. He would return to the pits to do a practice start. Both Williams drivers were out on their race runs as the session drew to a close. Verstappen was still fastest from Leclerc, Bottas, Hamilton, Vettel. Gasly, Perez, Hulkenberg, Stroll and Albon tenth. For Williams they would finish the session in 19th and 20th with George 1.053s ahead of his team-mate Robert. It was very much a case of the results showing that the Williams drivers were still struggling with a difficult car.

Robert Kubica:
Robert had followed his team-mate out in the session also on the soft tyre setting a 1m:38.703. Robert would improve with a 1m:38.551 to remain behind his team-mate. He would pit after a seven lap run. With the tarck quite empty Robert would return also using the soft tyre and would improve with a 1m:38.037 but remained behind his team-mate. Like his team-mate Robert would improve with a 1m:37.838 but was still 20th. Robert would pit after a seven lap run. Robert would again come back out joining his team-mate for a second run. This would be a longer run late in the session. He would complete fourteen laps on the soft tyre prior to pitting and taking on the hard tyre. Robert would pit after the end of the session having completed eight laps on the hard tyre.

George Russell:
George would be first out for Williams in the second Friday practice session running on the soft tyre. He would set a 1m:37.635 on his first timed lap. George would pit after a four lap run returning on a set of soft tyres but pitting after a single lap. He was currently 13th but would drop to 19th. With just over an hour remaining George would return again on the soft tyre. He would improve with a 1m:37.441 but remained 19th. His next lap was a 1m:37.273 but again remained 19th. His next improvement would be a 1m:36.785 to see him move up one place. But as Sainz went quicker he would drop to 19th again. George would pit after a eight lap run. With just under forty minutes remaining George would return for a medium tyre run in what must be his race simulation. George would come on his radio saying: "These kerb strikes are woeful." as he commented on the sausage kerbs around the circuit. With ten minutes remaining George had completed eleven laps on the medium tyre. George would complete nineteen laps with the end of the session.

Pos Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Max Verstappen Red Bull-Honda 1m33.162s - 29
2 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1m33.497s 0.335s 33
3 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1m33.808s 0.646s 22
4 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m33.960s 0.798s 32
5 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m34.201s 1.039s 32
6 Pierre Gasly Toro Rosso-Honda 1m34.971s 1.809s 26
7 Sergio Perez Racing Point-Mercedes 1m34.998s 1.836s 31
8 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1m35.026s 1.864s 33
9 Lance Stroll Racing Point-Mercedes 1m35.176s 2.014s 31
10 Alexander Albon Red Bull-Honda 1m35.216s 2.054s 18
11 Lando Norris McLaren-Renault 1m35.223s 2.061s 33
12 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso-Honda 1m35.337s 2.175s 38
13 Kevin Magnussen Haas-Ferrari 1m35.351s 2.189s 26
14 Daniel Ricciardo Renault 1m35.370s 2.208s 28
15 Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo-Ferrari 1m35.374s 2.212s 34
16 Romain Grosjean Haas-Ferrari 1m35.593s 2.431s 31
17 Carlos Sainz Jr. McLaren-Renault 1m35.635s 2.473s 29
18 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo-Ferrari 1m36.004s 2.842s 29
19 George Russell Williams-Mercedes 1m36.785s 3.623s 38
20 Robert Kubica Williams-Mercedes 1m37.838s 4.676s 36

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