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Australian GP: FP3 Russell ahead of Kubica


By Andrew Hooper
March 16 2019

The final practice session for thew 2019 Australian GP would see the ROKiT Williams Racing team again finish slowest in the times. George Russell would finish ahead of team-mate Robert Kubica after their qualifying simulations. It was still a frustrating session made even harder when Robert was to make a mistake entering the pit lane hitting the wall with his front left wheel. But the session continued to support the view that the performances from George this weekend are impressive to say the least in what is a very difficult car. Netx session quaifying.

 
 ROKiT Williams Australian GP Saturday Practice
 
Russell
 

Team Summary:
Both Williams drivers would complete their first runs in the Saturday practice session been the first drivers to set a time. But Verstappen would go quickest with a 1m:25.106 running on the medium tyre. He would lower this with a 1m:24.944 as the Williams drivers remained in their pits. Kvyat on the soft tyre would set a 1m:24.860 to be quickest. At the front Vettel would go quickest with a 1m:23.739 with Bottas second followed by Leclerc and Kvyat. Hamilton would set a 1m:23.699 to be quickest ahead of Vettel and Leclerc now third. As one would expect the Williams drivers were now again slowest. After soft tyre runs George was ahead of Robert but they were still slowest.

At the front it was now Hamilton quickest from Bottas, Vettel and Leclerc. But Vettel would improve with a 1m:22.566 to be 0.8 ahead of Hamilton. Drivers were now coming out for qualifying runs with Grosjean and Magnussen now second and third. But Hamilton would go quickest with a 1m:22.292 from Vettel and Leclerc. Grosjean was fourth followed by Magnussen. Both Williams cars were still in their pits with six minutes remaining. The track was very busy as more drivers came out for their qualifying simulations. After their qualifying simulations the Williams drivers would remain slowest but they had set their quickest times of the weekend.

Robert Kubica:
Robert first out for Williams running on the medium tyre. Robert would go through the pit lane on his first lap returning to the track. He would have a moment with Norris as the McLaren driver came out in front of him. A slow lap from Robert with a 1m:45.881. He would improve with a 1m:29.310. Robert would pit after a three lap run. With just under forty minutes remaining Robert would return on the soft tyre. He would set a 1m:27.440 to now be 20th. He would pit after a short run coming back out again on a new set of soft tyres. But he would pit again with 25 minutes remaining. Replays would show Robert making a silly mistake hitting the wall coming down the pit entry. The front left wheel hit the wall with quite an impact with bits coming off his car. Robert would be first back out for his qualifying simulation. A 1m:26.589 from Robert would see him move ahead of George if only briefly. He would finish slowest 0.7 behind his team-mate.

George Russell:
George would follow his team-mate out also on the medium tyre. A 1m:30.322 from George as he came on the radio saying that he was sliding all over the place. He would improve with a 1m:29.122 and would pit after a four lap run. George would return with 33 minutes remaining also taking the soft tyre. A 1m:27.315 from George to move ahead of Robert. Further improvement with a 1m:27.196 with 25 minutes remaining. George would follow his team-mate out for his qualifying simulation. George would set a 1m:25.944 to be 19th. Another solid performance from the rookie.

 
Kubica
 
Pos Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m22.292s - 12
2 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m22.556s 0.264s 12
3 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1m22.749s 0.457s 12
4 Romain Grosjean Haas-Ferrari 1m23.112s 0.820s 17
5 Kevin Magnussen Haas-Ferrari 1m23.334s 1.042s 15
6 Pierre Gasly Red Bull-Honda 1m23.367s 1.075s 17
7 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1m23.422s 1.130s 17
8 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso-Honda 1m23.442s 1.150s 16
9 Max Verstappen Red Bull-Honda 1m23.481s 1.189s 19
10 Daniel Ricciardo Renault 1m23.695s 1.403s 14
11 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1m23.737s 1.445s 15
12 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo-Ferrari 1m23.831s 1.539s 16
13 Carlos Sainz McLaren-Renault 1m24.049s 1.757s 21
14 Sergio Perez Racing Point-Mercedes 1m24.082s 1.790s 18
15 Alexander Albon Toro Rosso-Honda 1m24.328s 2.036s 15
16 Lance Stroll Racing Point-Mercedes 1m24.345s 2.053s 16
17 Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo-Ferrari 1m24.402s 2.110s 18
18 Lando Norris McLaren-Renault 1m24.568s 2.276s 16
19 George Russell Williams-Mercedes 1m25.944s 3.652s 14
20 Robert Kubica Williams-Mercedes 1m26.589s 4.297s 16
 
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