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French GP: Further difficulties in FP3 for ROKiT Williams

By Andrew Hooper
June 22 2019

The final practice session for the 2019 French GP would see the ROKiT Williams Team again slowest but their session was hampered by an engine issue that would see George Russell only complete four laps and not set a representative time. He was over four seconds behind his team-mate Robert Kubica. Robert would have an uneventful session but was again over a second behind the cars in front. Qualifying is going to be a difficult session for the team. At the time of writing no news had been received as to whether the issue with George's car could be fixed before qualifying.

 ROKiT Williams French GP Saturday Practice

Team Summary:
Kvyat would set a 1m:33.398 to be quickest. He would lower this with a 1m:32.744 as both Renault's came out with the Williams of Kubica also running. Hulkenberg would go second while Ricciardo would go quickest with a 1m:32.690 followed by Kvyat and Hulkenberg. Hulkenberg would improve to be quickest with a 1m:32.417. Both Renault's were on the soft tyre along with every other driver running. Norris was now second now followed by Gasly. Bottas would set a 1m:31.383 to now be quickest from Hulkenberg. Hamilton would go second but Leclerc would take this spot with Hamilton third and Vettel fourth. Leclerc was able to set a 1m:31.118 to be quickest from Bottas and now Vettel.

Verstappen was now fifth followed by Hulkenberg, Norris, Albon, Gasly and Ricciardo tenth. It was now Hamilton's turn to go fastest with a 1m:31.108. But Bottas would respond with a 1m:30.853 followed by Hamilton, Leclerc, Vettel, Verstappen, Hulkenberg, Norris, Sainz, Albon, and Gasly tenth. Ricciardo was able to move up to sixth one place ahead of his team-mate. With under twenty minutes remaining the track was quite empty as drivers prepared for their qualification simulations. Bottas was out setting a 1m:30.159 to improve his quickest time. Hamilton was also back out joined by both Ferrari's. Hamilton would set a 1m:30.200 but remained second with Leclerc remaining in third. Vettel was still fourth with Verstappen fifth followed now by Gasly, Norris, Ricciardo, Sainz, and Raikkonen tenth. For Williams the pair of drivers would finish slowest with the biggest issue been the fact that George would not getting any running as a result of his engine issue. Qualifying is going to be a difficult time for Williams and even more so for George given that he has only had one session of running in the car.

Robert Kubica:
Robert would be first out for the Williams team in the final Saturday practice session running on the soft tyre. Robert would complete a slow first lap but his second was a 1m:35.852 to go fastest if ever so briefly. He would improve with a 1m:35.345. Robert would pit after a five lap run. With thirty five minutes remaining Robert was back out on new soft tyres. Robert would set a 1m:34.439 to be just 0.1 behind Perez. This would change with the gap to the Haas pair in front would open out to be 0.796. Robert would pit after a six lap run. Thirteen minutes remaining and Robert was back out on a new set of soft tyres for his qualifying run. He would be able to set a 1m:33.902 to improve his time but not his position. Robert would pit after a six lap run ending his session.

George Russell:
Fifteen minutes in to the session and George would come out for his first run using the soft tyre. Like Robert he would complete a slow first lap anfd would set a 1m:39.987 but would report a power issue and was told to pit. George would pit after a two lap run. It was not good news for George as Mercedes personnel looked at his engine issue. But the issue would be quickly resolved and he would be ready to return to the track. With twenty five minutes remaining George would return running on the soft tyre. But he would again complain of no power in the lower gears so his issue still had not been resolved. He would again pit with the team looking to resolve his issue.

Pos Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1m30.159s - 18
2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m30.200s 0.041s 15
3 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1m30.605s 0.446s 15
4 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m30.633s 0.474s 13
5 Max Verstappen Red Bull-Honda 1m31.538s 1.379s 11
6 Pierre Gasly Red Bull-Honda 1m31.599s 1.440s 14
7 Lando Norris McLaren-Renault 1m31.654s 1.495s 14
8 Daniel Ricciardo Renault 1m31.802s 1.643s 12
9 Carlos Sainz Jr. McLaren-Renault 1m31.887s 1.728s 14
10 Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo-Ferrari 1m31.943s 1.784s 16
11 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1m32.023s 1.864s 15
12 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo-Ferrari 1m32.171s 2.012s 15
13 Alexander Albon Toro Rosso-Honda 1m32.178s 2.019s 16
14 Romain Grosjean Haas-Ferrari 1m32.385s 2.226s 15
15 Kevin Magnussen Haas-Ferrari 1m32.400s 2.241s 13
16 Sergio Perez Racing Point-Mercedes 1m32.491s 2.332s 15
17 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso-Honda 1m32.540s 2.381s 22
18 Lance Stroll Racing Point-Mercedes 1m32.678s 2.519s 14
19 Robert Kubica Williams-Mercedes 1m33.902s 3.743s 21
20 George Russell Williams-Mercedes 1m39.987s 9.828s 4

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