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Hungarian GP: Mixed result for Williams Racing in FP3

By Andrew Hooper
July 18 2020

The final Saturday practice session for the 2020 Hungarian GP would see the Williams Racing Team finish the session with a mixed result. George Russell would finish the session in 14th just 0.3 off tenth place after some impressive runs during the session. For Nicholas Latifi his session would see him finish 20th and last but his session would be more difficult having to cope with a spin and then returning to his pit not returning for any further runs. Next is qualifying and the prospects are very much open for the Williams Team. 

   Williams Racing Hungarian GP Saturday Practice

Team Summary:
The final practice session for the 2020 Hungarian Grand Prix would get underway with Norris first out on the soft tyre. He would be followed by both Haas cars also on the soft tyre. All three would pit Raikkonen and Sainz came out. A 1m:19.136 from Raikkonen as Sainz pitted. Raikkonen would set a 1m:18.61 as he continued to lap by himself. Both Williams drivers would set their first times as more drivers were coming out all on the soft tyre including both Ferrari's. Both Williams drivers had pitted. Verstappen was the only driver on the medium tyre with just over forty minutes remaining.

Albon was now fastest with a 1m:18.103 but Leclerc would go ahead with a 1m:17.959. Vettel was next fastest with a 1m:17.639 with Gasly fourth. Verstappen would go quickest with a 1m:17.033 but Bottas would move ahead with a 1m:16.862 but he was on the soft tyre. Hamilton was now quickest with a 1m:16.472 with Leclerc now second. Bottas was now ahead of Leclerc as Verstappen spun his Red BUll at Turn 12. Perez was now up to fourth followed by Stroll, Verstappen and Norris seventh. At the front Bottas was now quickest with a 1m:16.278

Perez was now second splitting the Mercedes cars. Again Hamilton would go quickest with a 1m:16.120 while for Williams their cars were 13th and 15th with a 1m:17.687. Williams was now 14th and 15th. Both drivers were on a longer run on the soft tyre. Hamilton had improved his time to be quickest with a 1m:15.984 but Leclerc would move ahead with a 1m:15.781. Bottas would go quicker with a 1m:15.437 leading Hamilton, Leclerc, Verstappen,. Perez, Vettel, Sainz, Ocon, George and Stroll tenth. The Williams drivers were now 13th and 20th while at the front Perez was now third and Stroll fifth.

As the session drew to a close the order was Bottas, Hamilton, Perez, Leclerc, Stroll, Verstappen, Norris, Vettel, Gasly, and Ricciardo tenth. The Williams drivers would finish in 14th and 20th. It seemed to be that Nicholas may have had an issue that would see him stuck in his pit after his returned after his spin. A very encouraging performance from George to be just 0.3 from tenth place. The prospects for qualifying are very much open.

Nicholas Latifi:
Nicholas would follow his team-mate out also on the medium tyre. His first lap would be a 1m:19.738 to move ahead of George. Nicholas would return running on the soft tyre and would set a 1m:18.159 to be 15th dropping to 16th. Nicholas would return on the soft tyre and would set a 1m:17.687 then improving with a 1mL:17.650 to be 15th. Nicholas would pit after a seven lap soft tyre run. He would return for another run again on the soft tyre. Nicholas would go off the road spinning at Turn 12. He would continue to lap but did not improve his time. He would pit after a five lap run. He would not return to the track finishing 20th.

George Russell:
George would be teh first Williams driver to take to the track running on the medium tyre. George would set a 1m:20.282 to be behind Raikkonen. He would pit after a short run but was quickly back out this time on the soft tyre. George would set a 1m:19.220 to be 14th dropping to 16th. An improved lap of 1m:18.368 from George currently 18th. But George would set a 1m:17.538 to now be 13th. Impressive result from George as he would set his quickest time so far on lap six on the soft tyres. George would pit after a nine lap run on the soft tyre. George would return on new soft tyres. George would set a 1m:16.909 to be sixth dropping to seventh then down to ninth. He would continue to drop down the times now 13th. He would improve his time with a 1m:16.847 but remained 13th. He would pit after a nine lap run currently 14th and would finish the session in this position.

Pos Driver Car Gap
1 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1m15.437s
2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 0.042s
3 Sergio Perez Racing Point-Mercedes 0.161s
4 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 0.344s
5 Lance Stroll Racing Point-Mercedes 0.596s
6 Max Verstappen Red Bull-Honda 0.647s
7 Lando Norris McLaren-Renault 0.756s
8 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 0.914s
9 Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri-Honda 1.016s
10 Daniel Ricciardo Renault 1.071s
11 Carlos Sainz Jr. McLaren-Renault 1.108s
12 Alexander Albon Red Bull-Honda 1.145s
13 Esteban Ocon Renault 1.269s
14 George Russell Williams-Mercedes 1.410s
15 Romain Grosjean Haas-Ferrari 1.429s
16 Kevin Magnussen Haas-Ferrari 1.649s
17 Daniil Kvyat AlphaTauri-Honda 1.855s
18 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo-Ferrari 2.059s
19 Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo-Ferrari 2.090s
20 Nicholas Latifi Williams-Mercedes 2.213s

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