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Austrian GP: ROKiT Williams sees little FP2 improvement


By Andrew Hooper
June 28 2019

The second Friday practice session for the 2019 Austrian GP would see the ROKiT Williams team fail to achieve any real improvement with again both drivers finishing slowest after their soft tyre runs. Both drivers George Russell and Robert Kubica would also complete longer runs on the hard and medium tyre. At the end of the session George would finish a considerable margin ahead of Robert but Robert had been hampered by several rd flags during the session.

 
 ROKiT Williams Austrian GP Friday 2nd Practice
 
Russell
 

Team Summary:
The second Friday practice session for the 2019 Austrian Grand Prix would see Magnussen set the first quickest time with a 1m:07.321 running on the hard tyre, followed by Grosjean. But Albon on the soft tyre would go quicker with a 1m:07.109. Sainz on the hard tyre would set a 1m:06.753 to be quickest. But Grosjean would move ahead with a 1m:06.613 but set on the medium tyre. Further drivers would improve with Norris now fastest with a 1m:06.140 running on the medium. Also on the medium Leclerc would set a 1m:05.558 to move ahead of Norris. Sainz would improve to be third followed by Grosjean, Vettel, Raikkonen, Perez and Magnussen eighth.

Hamilton and Bottas were now second and fourth but Hamilton was on the hard and Bottas the medium. Vettel was now second running on the hard tyre with Hamilton now third. But again the quickest time would change with Bottas moving ahead with a 1m:05.417. Leclerc was now second followed by Hamilton and Vettel. Verstappen was up to fifth using the medium tyre. Drivers started to come out for soft tyre runs including Norris and Perez. Perez would move up to sixth while Norris was seventh. As for Williams after their split tyre runs on the hard and medium they were a considerable margin behind the cars in front running on the same tyre. Grosjean was now fourth on the soft tyre.

The session would be red flagged when Verstappen went off at the last corner with the rear of his car hitting the barrier causing extensive damage. The rear wing and suspension was badly damaged as a result. Verstappen would say that he just lost the rear of the car. Neither Williams was running at the time of the accident. The top ten was currently Bottas, Hamilton, Sainz, Leclerc, Grosjean, Vettel, Verstappen, Norris, Magnussen and Perez tenth. The session would restart with both Williams cars out on soft tyre runs. But the session would be red flagged again when Bottas was to crash. He would make a mistake and would go off the track and across the gravel and into the barrier. The front area of the car was extensively damaged. The session would restart and both Williams drivers were back out.

At the final corner Vettel would spin but was able to continue despite going across the gravel. Leclerc was now fastest with a 1m:05.086 using the soft tyre. Gasly was now in third as drivers started to work on longer runs with quite a few drivers running on the hard and medium tyres. There were a handful of drivers also doing longer runs on the soft tyre. The session would come to a close and the drivers would again be allowed to complete practice starts on the grid. For Williams their drivers would again be slowest with George again ahead of Robert but this session the margin had grown to be over a second. George would finish just 0.3 behind Stroll after their soft tyre runs which is similar to the FP1 session.

Robert Kubica:
Robert would start his practice coming out on the medium tyre. His first time would be a 1m:09.480. Robert would improve with a 1m:08.999. Again Robert would improve with a 1m:08.508 to move ahead, if only briefly, in front on his team-mate. Robert would pit after a ten lap run. With the restart of the session Robert would come out for a soft tyre run but would have to pit with a red flag. With the restart Robert would return with thirty four minutes remaining. He was back out on new soft tyres but would not improve his time remaining slowest. He would pit after a three lap run seeing him 1.2 seconds behind his team-mate. But Robert would complete a pit stop and would return on the medium tyre. He was on a longer run with ten minutes remaining. As the session came to a close Robert had completed nineteen laps. He would finish with twenty one laps with the end of the session.

George Russell:
George would join the session but was out on the hard tyre with an hour and twelve minutes remaining. His first lap would be a 1m:08.713. George would set a 1m:08.479 to move ahead of his team-mate. George's first run was only six laps as he pitted. George had also come out for a soft tyre run but would be forced to pit with a red flag. George would also return with the restart out on new soft tyres. George would set 1m:07.217 remaining 19th. He would pit after a three lap run. George was 0.3 behind Stroll in front of him also with a soft tyre time. With just over fifteen minutes remaining George would return on the hard tyre for what would most likely be a longer run. he would complete seven laps and with the end of the session would be just 0.3 behind Stroll.

 
Kubica
 
Pos Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1m05.086s - 37
2 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1m05.417s 0.331s 12
3 Pierre Gasly Red Bull-Honda 1m05.487s 0.401s 33
4 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m05.529s 0.443s 43
5 Carlos Sainz Jr. McLaren-Renault 1m05.545s 0.459s 44
6 Romain Grosjean Haas-Ferrari 1m05.701s 0.615s 38
7 Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo-Ferrari 1m05.728s 0.642s 37
8 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m05.871s 0.785s 34
9 Max Verstappen Red Bull-Honda 1m05.879s 0.793s 13
10 Lando Norris McLaren-Renault 1m05.952s 0.866s 48
11 Kevin Magnussen Haas-Ferrari 1m05.960s 0.874s 41
12 Sergio Perez Racing Point-Mercedes 1m05.964s 0.878s 43
13 Alexander Albon Toro Rosso-Honda 1m06.064s 0.978s 46
14 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo-Ferrari 1m06.119s 1.033s 37
15 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso-Honda 1m06.148s 1.062s 38
16 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1m06.249s 1.163s 27
17 Daniel Ricciardo Renault 1m06.418s 1.332s 30
18 Lance Stroll Racing Point-Mercedes 1m06.829s 1.743s 40
19 George Russell Williams-Mercedes 1m07.217s 2.131s 27
20 Robert Kubica Williams-Mercedes 1m08.508s 3.422s 38
 
Kubica
 

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