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Abu Dhabi GP: More of the same for Williams Martini in FP3

By Andrew Hooper
November 24 2018

The final practice session of the 2018 Formula One season at the 2018 Abu Dhabi GP would see the Williams Martini team continue to struggle with both drivers finishing near the bottom of the times. Lance Stroll would set a time that would see him move into 10th but as the session progressed he would drop to 18th. For team-mate Sergey Sirotkin his session would see him struggle to get a time that would see him move off the bottom of the order finishing in 20th.  Qualifying is likely to see more of the same.

 Williams Martini Abu Dhabi GP Saturday Practice

Team Summary:
After the early runs it would be Vettel quickest with a 1m:38.668 followed by Raikkonen and Gasly, all on the hypersoft tyre. Both Williams drivers had completed runs on the hypersoft tyre and were currently 11th and 12th with thirty five minutes remaining. Hamilton was now second but Verstappen would take this spot but was on the ultrasoft tyre. Hamilton was now third followed by Raikkonen, Bottas, Ricciardo, Gasly, Hartley, Leclerc and Grosjean in tenth. The Williams drivers had now dropped to 17th and 18th. Hamilton would improve to move ahead of Verstappen.

Drivers would start to come out for runs on new hypersoft tyres including Vettel and Hamilton. Vettel would set a 1m:37.587 to extend his quickest lap but Hamilton was also on a quicker lap setting a 1m:37.176 to move ahead of Vettel. Bottas would move up to third followed by Verstappen, Raikkonen, Perez, Ricciardo, and Alonso in eighth. Raikkonen was also on a quick lap on the hypersoft and would move into second ahead of Vettel. Ricciardo and Verstappen were now fifth and sixth. But Verstappen would improve to be fourth ahead of Bottas. Ricciardo would pull off the track with what was a water pressure issue. With the end of the session the top ten was Hamilton, Raikkonen, Vettel, Verstappen, Bottas, Ricciardo, Grosjean, Hulkenberg, Sainz and Ocon tenth. The Williams drivers would finish in 18th and 20th which was totally unsurprising.

Lance Stroll:
Lance would complete his first run using used hypersoft tyre setting a time of 1m:41.500. With thirty minutes remaining Lance would return also on a new set of hypersoft tyres. Lance was now down in 19th as he started his run. lance was on an improved lap and would set a 1m:40.321 to be eighth. he would drop to ninth with twenty five minutes remaining in the session. Lance would comment that after his run the hypersoft tyres did not have much gript left. Lance would pit after a short four lap run. In his pit Lance would drop to tenth then eleventh. Lance would return for a second run on new hypersoft tyres. He would set a 1m:40.117 but this would only see him 13th. He would drop to 18th as others completed their hypersoft tyre runs. With the end of the session this is where he would remain.

Sergey Sirotkin:
Sergey had also completed a run using used hypersoft tyre setting a time of 1m:42.574. Sergey would return for a second run but this time he was on a new set of hypersoft tyres. Sergey would set an improved 1m:41.182 to now be 17th. He would drop to 18th as he continued to lap the circuit. Sergey would pit after a seven lap run. With nine minutes remaining and Sergey would return for a second run on new hypersoft tyres. Sergey had dropped to 20th and was not able to improve his time as the session ended.

Pos Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m37.176s - 17
2 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m37.464s 0.288s 18
3 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m37.587s 0.411s 15
4 Max Verstappen Red Bull-Renault 1m37.747s 0.571s 15
5 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1m37.933s 0.757s 16
6 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull-Renault 1m38.090s 0.914s 11
7 Romain Grosjean Haas-Ferrari 1m38.304s 1.128s 13
8 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1m38.850s 1.674s 15
9 Carlos Sainz Renault 1m38.970s 1.794s 16
10 Esteban Ocon Force India-Mercedes 1m39.011s 1.835s 7
11 Sergio Perez Force India-Mercedes 1m39.053s 1.877s 15
12 Brendon Hartley Toro Rosso-Honda 1m39.074s 1.898s 18
13 Charles Leclerc Sauber-Ferrari 1m39.282s 2.106s 10
14 Kevin Magnussen Haas-Ferrari 1m39.612s 2.436s 13
15 Pierre Gasly Toro Rosso-Honda 1m39.740s 2.564s 12
16 Fernando Alonso McLaren-Renault 1m39.974s 2.798s 13
17 Marcus Ericsson Sauber-Ferrari 1m39.997s 2.821s 20
18 Lance Stroll Williams-Mercedes 1m40.117s 2.941s 18
19 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren-Renault 1m40.233s 3.057s 14
20 Sergey Sirotkin Williams-Mercedes 1m41.182s 4.006s 22

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Abu Dhabi GP: More of the same for Williams Martini in FP3
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24/11/2018 10:58
What is going on? Stroll 1.1s quicker than Sirotkin?

24/11/2018 12:09
Seems Williams have already started painting their cooling tools blue for next year's car. Sneak preview of the colour maybe? Pretty sure throughout the martini era all that stuff has been white.

24/11/2018 12:15
Ignore me. The pit equipment has been blue this year. I looked back on f1techical. As much as I think Williams needed Martini to become relevant and modern, I am very much looking forward to a new livery.

24/11/2018 16:32
Martini livery was ok but for me the best one was BMW era...I think it will be a comeback to dark blue livery of 2008 style.

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