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Spanish GP: Difficult FP2 for Williams Racing

By Andrew Hooper
August 14 2020

The second Friday practice session for the 2020 Spanish GP would be very similar to the previous Friday session for Williams Racing with both drivers finishing slowest of the field. Nicholas Latifi would finish ahead of team-mate George Russell after their soft tyre runs midway through the session, with the pair 19th and 20th. The team would also assess both the medium and hard tyre during the session with George spending a lot of his session running on the hard and complaining that it was like driving on ice. To see both drivers finish at the bottom of the times was a bit of a change from previous races. Now it will come down to whether the team can find improvements overnight.

  Williams Racing Spanish GP Friday 2nd Practice

Team Summary:
The second Friday practice session for the 2020 Spanish Grand Prix would see George Russell return after having given his car to Roy Nissany. With the start of the session Norris would be out first running on the medium tyre. More drivers would start to take to the track with just the medium and hard tyre been seen. Both Williams cars were running as Norris set a 1m:19.260 to be quickest. Norris would improve with a 1m:19.221 followed by Magnussen, Giovinazzi, and Raikkonen. faster times would start to be set with Leclerc on the medium quickest with a 1m:19.050 followed by Bottas on the hard. Norris was third followed by Vettel, Ricciardo, and Kvyat in sixth. The Williams drivers were in 12th and 16th, dropping to 14th and 19th.

At the front it was now Hamilton quickest with a 1m:17.970 followed now by Bottas, Ricciardo, Leclerc, Norris and Vettel sixth. Verstappen was now in second ahead of Bottas. Vettel was now seventh followed by Albon, Kvyat, and Magnussen tenth. With an hour remaining and after most drivers had completed their first runs was Hamilton followed by Verstappen, Bottas, Ricciardo, Leclerc, Norris, Vettel, Albon, Kvyat, and Magnussen tenth. With an hour remaining the first driver to come out on the soft tyre would be Bottas. Bottas would set a 1m:17.170 to go quickest over Hamilton. Both Williams drivers were out on the soft tyre as Hamilton also started his soft tyre run. he would go quickest with a 1m:16.883, while Grosjean went third. But as more times were set Ricciardo would move up to third followed by Grosjean and Leclerc.

Verstappen was now in third followed by Ricciardo, Grosjean, Leclerc, Sainz, Perez, Ocon, and Gasly tenth. the Williams drivers after their soft tyre runs were down in 19th and 20th but the margin to the fastest times had improved slightly. The track was very busy as the session drew to a close. The Williams drivers had been completing split tyre runs with the medium and hard tyre been used. With the end of the session the top ten would remain the same while for Williams it was a session that again saw them remain slowest but this time it would be Nicholas ahead of George. For George his session sounded so very frustrating as he struggled with the hard tyre. It is only Friday so it now is a question of how much they can turn the FW43 around overnight.

George Russell:
George would take to the track for his first run of the weekend running on the hard tyre. A 1m:22.827 from George's first lap. George would say that he felt he had understeer everywhere, that the tyres were just sliding on the surface with these tyres. George would drop to 17th and slowest of the times set with a 1m:22.776. George would improve with a 1m:21.907 but remained 19th. George would say that his tyres were just not working at all. George was now 20th and slowest. George would pit after a five lap run. George would return for a soft tyre run. George would set a 1m:19.872 to be 16th. This would become 19th as he pitted to return on another set of soft tyres. But he would still remain slowest even with with a 1m:19.391. With just under thirty minutes remaining George would return again on the hard tyre. George would say that he was having problems with both axles, its like driving on ice (running on the hard tyre). He would also tell his engineer that he was having issues a certain corners. Certainly not sounding like a positive session at all.

Nicholas Latifi:
Nicholas would join his team-mate out on the track except he was on the medium tyre for his first run. Nicholas would set a 1m:20.711 to be sixth. He would improve but was currently 12th with a 1m:20.147. This would become 14th as he continued his run on the medium tyre. But he would pit after a eight lap run. Nicholas would also return on the soft tyre. He would set a 1m:19.155 to be 11th dropping to 17th. This would become 19th and he pitted. With just under forty minutes remaining Nicholas would return again on the soft tyre. This would be quite a long run on this tyre pitting after a nine lap run. he would return for another run on the medium tyre. he would pit after a seven lap run. He would end his session in his pit.

Pos Driver Car Gap
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m16.883s
2 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 0.287s
3 Max Verstappen Red Bull-Honda 0.821s
4 Daniel Ricciardo Renault 0.985s
5 Romain Grosjean Haas-Ferrari 1.250s
6 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1.264s
7 Carlos Sainz Jr. McLaren-Renault 1.331s
8 Sergio Perez Racing Point-Mercedes 1.410s
9 Esteban Ocon Renault 1.420s
10 Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri-Honda 1.429s
11 Lance Stroll Racing Point-Mercedes 1.474s
12 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1.521s
13 Alexander Albon Red Bull-Honda 1.608s
14 Lando Norris McLaren-Renault 1.623s
15 Daniil Kvyat AlphaTauri-Honda 1.759s
16 Kevin Magnussen Haas-Ferrari 1.878s
17 Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo-Ferrari 2.017s
18 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo-Ferrari 2.081s
19 Nicholas Latifi Williams-Mercedes 2.272s
20 George Russell Williams-Mercedes 2.508s

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