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Spanish GP: FP1 improvement from ROKiT Williams?

By Andrew Hooper
May 10 2019

The opening Friday practice for the 2019 Spanish GP would again see the ROKiT Williams drivers finish slowest. This time it would be Robert Kubica leading team-mate George Russell but the margin was just 0.101. The pair would spend the session focusing on running on the medium tyre. At the end of the session the gap from Kubica to the nearest medium tyre runner was 0.430. On face value this would seem to be an improvement on past race weeknds where the gap was normally over  a second. FP2 will show whether the Williwams team has made steps forward.

 ROKiT Williams Spanish GP Friday 1st Practice

Team Summary:
Both Williams drivers would complete single installation laps. The first lap would come from Gasly with a 1m:23.115 running on the hard tyre. He would continue to lap setting a 1m:21.016. he would pit seeing an empty track but Kvyat would come back out joined by Grosjean and Norris. More drivers would join them including Robert Kubica and George Russell. Grosjean was now quickest with a 1m:20.338 followed by Magnussen and Norris. Leclerc would go quickest with a 1m:19.757 running on the soft tyre. Bottas would set a 1m:19.734 to move to the top of the times ahead of Grosjean and Leclerc. The quickest time would again change with Leclerc again quickest with a 1m:19.238 but Vettel would move ahead with a 1m:18.825. Both were on the soft tyre.

After their first runs the Williams drivers were 19th and 20th. Bottas was third followed by Grosjean, Verstappen, Magnussen, Norris, Ricciardo, Stroll and Albon tenth. Verstappen was on the hard tyre while their was a mix of soft and medium in the top ten. Ricciardo was now third while Vettel had set a 1m:18.407. The track would empty with the tyre return period coming to an end. Both Williams drivers would return and despite been slowest would improve their lap times to be close to the likes of Perez. Bottas would set a 1m:17.990 to be quickest on the soft tyre. The top ten were all on the soft tyre but outside the top ten drivers continued to use the medium tyre. Hamilton was now fourth followed by Grosjean and Sainz. Bottas had improved with a 1m:17.951 still ahead of Vettel and Leclerc.

Verstappen was in his pit with oil leaking from his car. Gasly was now 8th running on the medium tyre. Hamilton was still fourth followed by Grosjean, Sainz, Magnussen, Gasly, Kvyat, and Hulkenberg now 10th. Bottas was also in his pit with the mechanics also under his car looking at the cause of a leak. Stroll would have an accident at Turn nine seeing a red flag come out ending the session. The front wing and suspension took the majority of the impact as Stroll hit the barrier. The session would end under the red flag with Bottas remaining fastest from Vettel and Leclerc. For Williams their drivers were 19th and 20th with Robert leading George with the pair separated by just 0.101. They were still slowest but the next closest car running on the medium tyre was just 0.430 ahead of Robert which would seem to be an improvement.

Robert Kubica:
Robert would first out for his installation laps running on the medium tyre. He would complete a single lap. With twenty minutes of the session completed Robert would return for his first run. continuing with the medium tyre. He would set a 1m:22.884 but would improve with a 1m:21.759. Robert would be on a long run pitting after a ten lap run. He would return after a brief stop coming back out again on new medium tyres. He would pit after a single lap. Robert would also return continuing on the medium tyre. Robert would improve slightly with a 1m:21.734 but would then set a 1m:20.889 to move ahead of George. Robert would also pit after a six lap run. Robert would also return still on the medium tyres. Robert would pit with the red flag having completed eight laps.

George Russell:
George would follow his team-mate out also on the medium tyre completing a single lap. George would follow his team-mate out also on the medium tyre. George would set a 1m:23.036 to be behind his team-mate. George would pit after a short four lap run. George would be the first to return after a lengthy stop. He was still on the soft tyre and would set a 1m:20.990 to move into 16th. Robert had flow viz on the right side of his car around the barge boards. George would pit after a six lap run. With just over fifteen minutes remaining George would return again on the medium tyre. Whilst running George would tell the team that he had lost his right hand mirror with the reflective part missing. George would pit after an eleven lap run but would quickly return on a new set of medium tyres. He would pit after a not completing a lpa with the red flag coming out.

Pos Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1m17.951s - 19
2 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m18.066s 0.115s 20
3 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1m18.172s 0.221s 20
4 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m18.575s 0.624s 22
5 Romain Grosjean Haas-Ferrari 1m18.943s 0.992s 25
6 Carlos Sainz Jr. McLaren-Renault 1m19.155s 1.204s 31
7 Kevin Magnussen Haas-Ferrari 1m19.180s 1.229s 27
8 Pierre Gasly Red Bull-Honda 1m19.285s 1.334s 30
9 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso-Honda 1m19.364s 1.413s 34
10 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1m19.450s 1.499s 25
11 Daniel Ricciardo Renault 1m19.511s 1.560s 24
12 Max Verstappen Red Bull-Honda 1m19.844s 1.893s 14
13 Lance Stroll Racing Point-Mercedes 1m19.855s 1.904s 28
14 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo-Ferrari 1m20.021s 2.070s 28
15 Alexander Albon Toro Rosso-Honda 1m20.030s 2.079s 25
16 Lando Norris McLaren-Renault 1m20.066s 2.115s 33
17 Sergio Perez Racing Point-Mercedes 1m20.459s 2.508s 26
18 Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo-Ferrari 1m20.591s 2.640s 22
19 Robert Kubica Williams-Mercedes 1m20.889s 2.938s 27
20 George Russell Williams-Mercedes 1m20.990s 3.039s 23

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