Williams F1
Abu Dhabi GP: Productive FP2 for ROKiT Williams
By Andrew Hooper
November 29 2019

The ROKiT Williams team would complete their second Friday practice session for the 2019 Abu Dhabi GP in what the team would describe as a productive session. For drivers George Russell and Robert Kubica they would again be slowest but this time it would be George who was the quicker of the pair. Both drivers would have several runs on the soft tyre prior to running a split tyre evaluation late in the session using the hard and medium tyre.
 ROKiT Williams Abu Dhabi GP Friday 2nd Practice

Team Summary:
The second Friday practice session for the 2019 Abu Dhabi GP would get underway with a setting sun. Raikkonen would be the first out and he would set a 1m:39.990 followed by Grosjean and Giovinazzi. But Leclerc would go quickest with a 1m:39.689 using the hard tyre while Raikkonen was on the medium. ON the medium Magnussen would set a 1m:39.248 to be quickest. Kvyat was now second and Raikkonen third. Other drivers would go quicker with Leclerc would set a 1m:37.997 followed now by Perez and Stroll. Leclerc was on the hard tyre and the Racing Point cars the medium. Albon was now in second using the medium tyre. Also on the medium were Verstappen who was now quickest with a 1m:37.145 followed by Bottas. Leclerc was third followed by Vettel, Albon, and Hamilton sixth.

With twenty minutes completed the order was Verstappen, Bottas, Leclerc, Vettel, Albon, Hamilton, Perez, Stroll, Sainz, Kvyat, Ricciardo, Magnussen, Raikkonen, Gasly, Grosjean, Norris, Giovinazzi, Russell, Hulkenberg, Kubica. Hamilton was able to move into third. With half an hour of the session completed the track would empty with just Leclerc out running on the soft. But he would make contact with the barrier at Turn 19 but was able to return to the pits. This would see the track now empty. Both Williams drivers would come out for a second run again on the soft tyre. More drivers were coming out on soft tyres. Bottas on the soft tyre would set a 1m:36.256 to be quickest with Hamilton second and Vettel third. Verstappen would move into third as Leclerc return after his car had been checked after his contact with the barrier.

After their second soft tyre ruin both Williams drivers were again slowest. Giovinazzi would spin at Turn 19 but would not make contact with the barrier and would continue. Vettel was now in fourth closing the gap to Bottas who was quickest. With twenty minutes remaining we would have Bottas and Grosjean make contact as Bottas tried to pass the Haas with a very late move. With debris on the track a red flag would come out. The track would empty with Bottas still quickest from Hamilton, Leclerc, Vettel, Verstappen, Albon, Grosjean, Perez, Kvyat and Gasly. This would ruin quite a few teams longer runs. The session would restart with around ten minutes remaining. The Williams drivers were back out running their split strategy for their tyre runs. The session would end with the top ten would remaining unchanged while the Williams drivers remained slowest with George 0.9 ahead of Robert. The team would come away with the view that it was a productive session.

Robert Kubica:
With ten minutes completed Robert would come out using the soft tyre. Robert would set a 1m:41.190 but such was his time that he would be behind a group of drivers all on the hard tyre. Robert would improve with a 1m:40.666 to just behind his team-mate. Robert would also return for a second run on the soft tyre. Robert had only made a slight improvement on his second run with a 1m:40.567. A further improvement of 1m:40.455 but he would remain slowest. Robert would pit after a seven lap soft tyre run. Robert would return again on the soft tyre but would switch to the medium. With a red flag he would pit after a six lap on the medium tyre. Robert would return with the green flag again using the medium tyre. he would complete nine laps with the end of the session.

George Russell:
George would be first out for Williams in the session running on the hard tyre. He would pit after a single lap. he would return this time on the soft tyres. George would set a 1m:40.503 to be 17th. He would drop to 19th but with a 1m:40.202 he was 18th ahead of Hulkenberg but the Renault was on the hard tyre. But George would drop to 19th 0.484 ahead of his team-mate. George would pit having completed six laps on the soft tyre. With just under an hour remaining George would return again on the soft tyre. George would set a 1m:39.512 to be 13th but would drop to 15th. He would drop to 18th with only his team-mate and Hulkenberg behind. He would fall to19th as the Renault went quicker. George would pit after a five lap run. With thirty eight minutes remaining George would return for a third run. George would set tyres in the low 1m:45s as he started his hard tyre run. But this run would end as a result of a red flag seeing him complete a nine lap run. With the restart George was back out on the hard tyre. With the end of the session George would complete nine laps.

Pos Driver Car Gap Laps
1 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1m36.256s 29
2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 0.310s 33
3 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 0.386s 30
4 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 0.435s 28
5 Max Verstappen Red Bull-Honda 0.551s 30
6 Alexander Albon Red Bull-Honda 1.032s 30
7 Romain Grosjean Haas-Ferrari 1.345s 17
8 Sergio Perez Racing Point-Mercedes 1.381s 32
9 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso-Honda 1.395s 34
10 Pierre Gasly Toro Rosso-Honda 1.514s 36
11 Carlos Sainz Jr. McLaren-Renault 1.578s 32
12 Lando Norris McLaren-Renault 1.662s 32
13 Lance Stroll Racing Point-Mercedes 1.729s 32
14 Kevin Magnussen Haas-Ferrari 1.824s 31
15 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1.866s 29
16 Daniel Ricciardo Renault 2.144s 26
17 Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo-Ferrari 2.159s 30
18 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo-Ferrari 2.208s 32
19 George Russell Williams-Mercedes 3.256s 32
20 Robert Kubica Williams-Mercedes 4.199s 32