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Spanish GP: FP2 and little change for ROKiT Williams

By Andrew Hooper
May 10 2019

The second Friday prcatice for the 2019 Spanish GP would again see the ROKiT Williams drivers slowest. But this time George Russell would be ahead of team-mate Robert Kubica. Both drivers would start the session on the medium tyre before switching to the soft later in the session. Robert would have an issue with hsi engine that would limit his running late in the session. Their final runs would see both drivers compleet longer runs. Overall the session did not see any significamt improvements seeming to have lost pace compared to FP1.

 ROKiT Williams Spanish GP Friday 2nd Practice

Team Summary:
Magnussen out on the medium tyre would set the first quickest time in the second Friday practice session with a 1m:20.168. A 1m:19.481 from Magnussen but Vettel would move ahead with a 1m:18.989 to go quickest. But Magnussen would move ahead with a 1m:18.873. Vettel would also improve with a 1m:18.766 also on the medium tyre. Magnussen was still second followed now by Gasly, Leclerc, Kvyat, Ricciardo, Raikkonen, Grosjean, Albon and Hulkenberg tenth. Stroll's car was still been worked on by his mechanics after his FP1 accident.

Bottas was now fastest with a 1m:18.259 running on the medium tyre. There weer a large number of drivers running on the hard tyre while Bottas would improve with a 1m:17.835. Verstappen was now in third as more drivers started to come out for runs on the soft tyre. On the soft tyre Vettel would set a 1m:17.673 to be quickest from team-mate Leclerc who was also on the soft tyre. Bottas was third followed by Grosjean, Magnussen, Verstappen, Hamilton, Hulkenberg, Gasly and Norris tenth. Gasly would improve on the soft tyre to be sixth. At the front Leclerc had gone quickest with a 1m:17.585. But on the soft tyre Bottas was now quickest with a 1m:17.284 followed by Hamilton and Leclerc. The Williams drivers were 19th and 20th after their soft tyres runs and George was 0.743 behind the next car that had set a soft tyre run that of Perez.

So for Williams the small updates that the team has brought have not found the team any real time but any real upgrades may not come until the next test which comes up in the next few days. It was announced that Robert would have an issue with his power unit which would see him stuck in his garage. With the last twenty minutes drivers would start longer runs collecting data for the race. More drivers were switching to either the medium or hard tyre with twelve minutes remaining. With the end of the session Bottas would remain quickest from Hamilton, Leclerc, Vettel, Verstappen, Grosjean, Gasly, Magnussen, Sainz and Kvyat in tenth. The Williams drivers would finish in 19th and 20th which was nothing out of the ordinary. Their fastest laps were for George 0.7s off the next best soft tyre runner while Robert was 1.3s behind. It was encouraging in FP1 but their pace in FP2 was less so.

Robert Kubica:
Robert would come out for his first run in the second session but was now on the soft tyre. But Robert would spin at the pit entrance going somewhat too aggressive on the throttle. But he was able to continue. Robert would say that "I spin. I have cold tyres so I spin" as he set his first timed lap with a slow 1m:40.091. Robert would continue to lap setting a 1m:34.106 but his next lap would be a 1m:21.774 leaving him still last. A 1m:21.342 from Robert as he continued to lap on the soft tyres. Robert would pit after an eight lap run. After a short break he would return again on the soft tyre. Robert would improve with a 1m:20.781 to be 19th. He would pit after a six lap run. But the team would have an issue with his power unit which would see his mechanics working on his car. With six minutes remaining Robert was able to get back out returning on the soft tyres. He would pit with the end of the session having completed seven laps.

George Russell:
George would come out for his first run in the second Friday practice again on the medium tyre. He would set a 1m:21.881 which was about 1s off his earlier FP1 time. His next lap was a 1m:21.109 seeing him improve. George would continue to lap the circuit but would pit after a three lap run. With twenty five minutes completed George would return this time on the soft tyre. George would set a 1m:20.488 to be 13th but was on the soft tyre while those around him were either on the medium or hard tyre. He would drop to 16th and would pit after a five lap run. In the pit he would drop to 17th. George would go back out again on the soft tyre and would set a 1m:20.191 pitting after a three lap run. With jsut over thirty minutes remaining George would come back out but would pit after a single lap. He would return to start a longer run and would pit after an eight lap run on the soft tyre. He would return but this time on the medium tyre and would complete thirteen laps with the end of the session.

Pos Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1m17.284s - 35
2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m17.333s 0.049s 35
3 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1m17.585s 0.301s 42
4 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m17.673s 0.389s 41
5 Max Verstappen Red Bull-Honda 1m18.035s 0.751s 30
6 Romain Grosjean Haas-Ferrari 1m18.153s 0.869s 42
7 Pierre Gasly Red Bull-Honda 1m18.238s 0.954s 34
8 Kevin Magnussen Haas-Ferrari 1m18.355s 1.071s 40
9 Carlos Sainz Jr. McLaren-Renault 1m18.658s 1.374s 45
10 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso-Honda 1m18.722s 1.438s 40
11 Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo-Ferrari 1m18.727s 1.443s 30
12 Alexander Albon Toro Rosso-Honda 1m18.779s 1.495s 44
13 Lance Stroll Racing Point-Mercedes 1m18.839s 1.555s 33
14 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1m18.861s 1.577s 43
15 Daniel Ricciardo Renault 1m18.934s 1.650s 40
16 Lando Norris McLaren-Renault 1m19.041s 1.757s 43
17 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo-Ferrari 1m19.427s 2.143s 37
18 Sergio Perez Racing Point-Mercedes 1m19.448s 2.164s 40
19 George Russell Williams-Mercedes 1m20.191s 2.907s 38
20 Robert Kubica Williams-Mercedes 1m20.781s 3.497s 23

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