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Japanese GP: ROKiT Williams Racing Friday Practice Review


By Williams Racing
October 11 2019

 
 ROKiT Williams Racing Japanese GP Friday Practice Review
Russell
 

Kubica 

Robert Kubica:
"Today was a busy day as qualifying is postponed until Sunday because of the weather risk. We had to fit in more runs and use more tyres, like everyone else, so it was busier and more varied than usual. We do not know what the weather will do on Sunday, so we adapted our Friday programme, adding short runs with low fuel to get a good lap time in case qualifying is cancelled. Sunday will be a compact day with lots of action, and lets hope that the weather clears up."

Russell 
 

George Russell:
"It was great experiencing Suzuka for the first time. Its an incredible circuit, one of the best Ive ever driven. I was pretty pleased with my laps, although the pace was probably not as strong as I was expecting. We did a lot of aero running; in FP1, we back-to-backed the front-wings across both cars to gather more info, as we had different sensors on each. Were still yet to have the full analysis as there is a lot of data to gather, but the guys have got all day tomorrow to look at it to see what is what! We did everything that we wanted to today so that was spot on."

 

George Robson

Dave Robson, Senior Race Engineer:
"The anticipated arrival of the Typhoon Hagibis, and consequent pre-emptive cancelling of Saturdays running, meant that today was busier than normal. Teams were able to use tyres normally destined for FP3 today. Furthermore, with the FIA having clarified that the FP2 standings will be used to establish the grid in the event of qualifying being cancelled on Sunday morning, the teams made a more concerted effort to go quicker than they normally would on a Friday.

We spent time today evaluating a new front wing concept, which we did on both cars. We collected some useful data in a range of conditions and are starting to get a good sense of how the cars behaviour has changed.

Robert ran the new wing throughout FP2 and felt an improvement over the baseline. We will review all the data tonight before deciding how and when to continue the experiments.
Both drivers enjoyed productive FP2 sessions as they began preparing their cars for the running on Sunday. We have some clear set-up directions to work on overnight, but exactly how the cars will perform on Sunday will likely depend on the condition of the circuit and the resulting tyre behaviour.

Whilst we will continue our normal preparations for qualifying and the race, we also wish everyone in the path of the typhoon a safe and secure night, and we hope that the intensity reduces sufficiently to ensure a safe passing."

 
Kubica
 
Williams F1 Classification
 
Driver Chassis FP1 FP2
 
G. Russell FW42-02 1:32.800 (18th) 1:31.071 (20th)
 
R. Kubica FW42-03 1:33.484 (19th) 1:30.916 (19th)
Quickest Time
V. Bottas 1:28.731 V. Bottas 1:27.785
Practice Conditions
  FP1 FP2
Weather Warm and dry Warm and dry
Air  & Track Temp 25-27C / 30-36C 28-29C / 31-34C
 
Russell
 

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