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70th Anniversary GP: Productive FP1 for Williams Racing

By Andrew Hooper
August 7 2020

The opening friday practice session of the 70th Anniversary GP would see the Williams Racing Team have a productive session with George Russell and Nicholas Latifi finshing in 15th and 16th positions, with Nicholas just 0.056 behind his team-mate. Both drivers would focus solely on the soft tyre, a new softer tyre supplied by Pirelli for this meeting. Both drivers would have uneventful sessions as they commenced the second race meeting at the Silverstone circuit.

 Williams Racing 70th Anniversary GP Friday 1st Practice

Team Summary:
The opening Friday practice session for the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix would commence with a rush of drivers coming out also for the soft tyres for their installations laps. Raikkonen would set a slow 2m:06.440 to be currently quickest as we had both Ferrari's come out. After a series of quickest times it would be Leclerc on the soft tyre fastest with a 1m:27.544 followed by Vettel and Albon. After their first runs the Williams drivers were 14th and 15th. At the front Hamilton would go quickest with a 1m:26.842 followed by Bottas, Leclerc, Hulkenberg, Vettel, Albon, Norris, Gasly, Stroll, and Ocon tenth. The Williams drivers were currently 14th and 16th with Nicholas leading George. But this would become 14th and 15th with the order reversed. Verstappen had yet to set a time with an issue with his car. The track would empty with forty minutes of the session completed.

With forty five minutes remaining both Mercedes would return again on the soft tyre. Bottas would move to the top of the times with a 1m:26.166. Grosjean was now fifth on the soft tyre followed by Hulkenberg, Vettel, Stroll and the two McLaren's. Hamilton had improved with a 1m:26.304 to be second. The track was again becoming quite busy with Ricciardo moving into 14th seeing the Williams drivers currently 15th and 16th. At the front Leclerc was still third followed by Albon, Vettel, Ocon, Gasly, and Grosjean. Hulkenberg would jump up to be third but Verstappen would finally set a time to move into this spot. After their seconds runs the Williams drivers were 15th and 16th with George leading Nicholas.

With eighteen minutes remaining the track was now quite empty with just a few cars running including both Mercedes. Both Williams drivers would return for a further soft tyre run but would not improve as the session came to an end. Bottas was fastest followed by Hamilton, Verstappen, Hulkenberg, Leclerc, Albon, Vettel, Stroll, Kvyat, Stroll, and Ocon tenth. The Williams drivers would finish in 15th and 16th finishing ahead of Ricciardo both Alfa Romeo's and Magnussen. A reasonable start to the 70th Grand Prix weekend as the team worked on assessing the soft tyre available for this race meeting.

George Russell:
George would come out for his installation lap using the soft tyres. George would return with around an hour remaining and would set a 1m:29.4040 on the soft tyre to be 13th. George would improve with a 1m:29.123 but remained 14th. He would drop to 16th but with a 1m:28.801 would move back up to be 14th. He would pit currently 15th after a seven lap run. George would be told by his engineer that they would practice pit entry. George would return again on the soft tyre and would improves with a 1m:28.170 to be 12th dropping to 14th, this would become 15th. George would pit after a six lap run. George would return again on the soft tyre. George would tell his engineer that he had a vibration from the front brakes at Turn 16. He would pit with the end of the session after a six lap run.

Nichols Latifi:
Nicholas would follow his team-mate out also using the soft tyre for his instillation lap. Nicholas would return again on the soft tyre and would set a 1m:29.451 to be 14th. Nicholas would improve with a 1m:29.057 to be 12th. He would drop to 15th behind his team-mate. A 1m:28.634 would see Nicholas move ahead of his team-mate to be 14th.Nicholas would pit with after a eight lap run. he would return for a second soft tyre run and would fail to move out of his current 17th. A 1m:28.226 would see Nicholas now 16th, just 0.056 behind his team-mate. Nicholas would pit after a seven lap run. with under ten minutes remaining Nicholas was back out on the soft tyre. With the end of the session he would complete a six lap run.

Pos Driver Team Gap
1 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One Team 1m26.166s
2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One Team 0.138s
3 Max Verstappen Aston Martin Red Bull Racing 0.727s
4 Nico Hulkenberg BWT Racing Point F1 Team 0.776s
5 Charles Leclerc Scuderia Ferrari 0.896s
6 Alexander Albon Aston Martin Red Bull Racing 1.114s
7 Sebastian Vettel Scuderia Ferrari 1.332s
8 Lance Stroll BWT Racing Point F1 Team 1.373s
9 Daniil Kvyat Scuderia AlphaTauri Honda 1.487s
10 Esteban Ocon Renault DP World F1 Team 1.535s
11 Pierre Gasly Scuderia AlphaTauri Honda 1.541s
12 Lando Norris McLaren F1 Team 1.680s
13 Romain Grosjean Haas F1 Team 1.742s
14 Carlos Sainz Jr. McLaren F1 Team 1.972s
15 George Russell Williams Racing 2.004s
16 Nicholas Latifi Williams Racing 2.060s
17 Daniel Ricciardo Renault DP World F1 Team 2.345s
18 Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN 2.489s
19 Robert Kubica Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN 2.794s
20 Kevin Magnussen Haas F1 Team 3.153s

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70th Anniversary GP: Productive FP1 for Williams Racing
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07/08/2020 14:24
Encouraging to see us firmly and consistently in the pack this year. Also good to see Latifi so close to GR - he needs to be pushed by a team mate more than he has been so far in his career. It can only make him faster.

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