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Austrian GP: Encouraging qualifying for Williams Racing


By Andrew Hooper
July 4 2020

Despite not making it through the first period of qualifying for the 2020 Austrian GP the Williams Racing Team would come away encouraged with the results. George Russell would finsh in 17th and Nicholas Latifi in 20th. For George his session would see him mixing it with other drivers finishing ahead of both Alfa Romeo's. The gap to other midfield runners was quite close so the prospects for the race are quite positive. For Nicholas he was able to set his quickest time of the weekend after having to cope with getting into his repaired car after very little Saturday running. Overall qualifying was a step in the right direction for the Williams team.

 
 Williams Racing Austrian GP Qualifying
 
Latifi
 

Team Summary:
After an encouraging final practice session for the 2020 Austrian GP where the Williams Racing Team would see George Russell finish in 16th both George and Nicholas Latifi would commence the first qualifying session of the 2020 F1 season. the first period would see Giovinazzi setting a 1m:05.478 to be quickest. Stroll would move ahead with a 1m:04.678 as the track started to fill with more drivers. Verstappen was now quickest with a 1m:04.326 followed by Sainz and Perez. Vettel was now fourth with everyone on the soft tyre. Bottas only fourth and Hamilton 14th, but Hamilton had made a mistake. Hamilton would move up into second ahead of Sainz.

Stroll would go quickest but others would improve with Verstappen quickest with a 1m:04.024. The final runs would see Bottas second followed by Hamilton, Stroll, Leclerc, Sainz, Perez, Vettel, Ricciardo, and Gasly tenth. At the end of the session the Williams drivers would finish in 17th and 20th with George ahead of Nicholas. But the Williams team can now claim that they are not the slowest car.

The second period of qualifying would see Hamilton fastest with a 1m:03.325 from Bottas and Norris. But the times would fall as Bottas went quickest with a 1m:03.105 from Hamilton, Albon, Norris, Perez, Stroll, Sainz, Verstappen Ricciardo and Leclerc in tenth. Vettel was in 11th and out of qualifying. The final period of qualifying would see the first runs with Bottas remaining quickest with a 1m:02.939 followed by Hamilton, Verstappen Albon, Sainz, Perez and Leclerc. The second runs would see Bottas remain fastest from Hamilton, Verstappen, Norris, Albon, Perez, Leclerc, Sainz, Stroll and Ricciardo tenth.

 
Russell
 

Nicholas Latifi:
Nicholas would be first out for Williams in qualifying. He would be running on the soft tyre. Nicholas would set a 1m:07.208. His lap looked quite slow probably checking his repaired car. Nicholas would improve with a 1m:06.163. Nicholas was also back out for his second run and would set a 1m:05.757. He was slowest but his time was his best of the weekend so far. But unfortunately he would drop out of qualifying.

George Russell:
George would join his team-mate also on the soft tyre. George would set a 1m:05.592 to be behind the Alfa Romeo's. George would improve with a 1m:05.412 to be 11th. He would pit currently in 13th. George would return for another soft tyre run. George would find a few tenths to be in 15th, with a time of 1m:05.167. But he would drop to 17th as others went quicker. He would drop out of qualifying but he would finish ahead of both Alfa Romeo's which was a great result.

 

Latifi

 

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Austrian GP: Encouraging qualifying for Williams Racing
Discussion started by Williams F1 , 04/07/2020 15:37
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04/07/2020 15:37
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erratic
05/07/2020 05:50
Great to see George mixing it with other teams. A spark of hope for the race. Apparently the second most improved lap time compared to last year (Only Racing Point improved more). So well done to everyone involved.
Looking forward to the race today, and to seeing where the team ends up. Maybe no points today, but a strong race and beating a few rivals will be good enough at the moment. Go George!

Polemik
05/07/2020 06:16
Comparison Austria Qualifying 2019 vs. 2020 (Williams team with the 2nd best year-on-year improvement smoking smileythumbs down) :

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Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 2020:07:05:06:27:17 by Polemik.

Myvatn
05/07/2020 08:15
Well.. considering how Racing Point bought themselves their improvement, we can say Willians is the most improved team. I wonder what would have happened without the Ferrari engines debacle though...

tomazy
05/07/2020 13:30
Also, the track was faster in Q2 and Q3 than in Q1, some improvemant of RP can be contribioted to this.

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