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Belgian GP: FP2 not any better for ROKiT Williams Racing

By Andrew Hooper
August 31 2019

George Russell would return for the second Friday practice session for the 2019 Belgian GP but the session was again a very difficult time for the ROKiT Williams team as both George and Robert Kubica would finish slowest in the times. George would be ahead of team-mate Robert with both drivers around four seconds off the pace of the quickest times but more of a concern was that George was 1.5s off the pace of the car in front. This weekend in Spa as George predicted is agoing to be a very tough one for the team given the lack of pace from the FW42 on this circuit.

 ROKiT Williams Belgian GP Friday 2nd Practice

Team Summary:
With the start of the second Friday practice session for the 2019 Belgian GP it would be the Haas cars out first running on the medium tyre. They would be joined by both Williams drivers. Magnussen was fastest with a 1m:48.560. The track would become busy with the medium tyre been the most common choice. Vettel would go fastest with a 1m:46.069 followed by Magnussen and Grosjean. Leclerc was now fastest with a 1m:45.377 followed by Vettel, Perez, Stroll. Kvyat and Gasly sixth. Both Williams drivers had pitted after short runs.

Sainz was now fourth but Giovinazzi would move ahead. Sainz was fifth followed by Raikkonen, Stroll, and Kvyat eighth. Fourth would become Hulkenberg followed by Ricciardo, Albon, Giovinazzi, Norris and Sainz tenth. At the front Leclerc would remain quickest but Hamilton and Bottas would move into second and third. Vettel was fourth followed by Perez, Hulkenberg, Ricciardo, and Albon eighth. Verstappen would move up to second with everyone except for the Williams on the medium tyre. Drivers would start to do runs on the soft tyre with Vettel going quickest with a 1m:44.753. Bottas would move up to second followed by Perez and Leclerc. Hamilton was now third but this would become fourth as Leclerc went quickest with a 1m:44.123.

Albon would move up to eighth but would drop to tenth while Verstappen was only sixth. With forty minutes remaining the Williams drivers continued to be slowest. The track was now pretty much empty with thirty five minutes remaining. Drivers started to come out for longer runs including both Williams. Both drivers would commence their runs on the soft tyre but Robert would switch to the medium. With five minutes remaining the top ten was Leclerc from Vettel, Bottas, Hamilton, Perez, Verstappen, Raikkonen, Stroll, Ricciardo, and Albon tenth. The Virtual Safety Car would be deployed as Perez had stopped with smoke coming from his car in what looked like an engine failure. The session would be red flagged without any changes in the order. For Williams it was another difficult session with their drivers again slowest but there was a margin between the pair with George leading Robert. 

Robert Kubica:
Robert would come out early running on the medium tyre but he would pit after a single lap without setting a time. He would return after a short stop coming back out on the soft tyre. He would set a 1m:49.557 on his first flying lap. Robert had improved with a 1m:48.971 and would pit after a seven lap run. He would return after a shot stop coming back out on the soft tyre again. He would set a 1m:48.436 to move ahead of his team-mate. He was able to improve with a 1m:48.331. Robert would pit after a five lap run. He would return on another set of soft tyres. From his times it looked like he was on a longer run. Robert would pit after an eight lap run returning on a new set of medium tyres. he would complete eight laps prior to the session been red flagged.

George Russell:
George would return for the second Friday practice session having seen Nicholas Latifi run in his place in FP1. George would come out on the hard tyre for his first run. George would set a 1m:53.928. He would improve with a 1m:52.128 and would pit after a four lap run. George would also return after a short stop coming back out on the soft tyre. A 1m:450.057 from George on his first flying lap. George would improve with a 1m:49.025 remaining slowest. But George would set a 1m:48.576 to move ahead of his team-mate having completed six laps on the soft tyre. He would also pit after a seven lap run. George would also come out for a second soft tyre run. George was again able to move ahead of his team-mate with a 1m:47.887. He would pit after a four lap run. George would return again on the soft tyre for a longer run. He would pit after a fourteen lap run on the soft tyre changing to the hard. But he would be forced to pit with a red flag.

Pos Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1m44.123s - 28
2 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m44.753s 0.630s 30
3 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1m44.969s 0.846s 28
4 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m45.015s 0.892s 26
5 Sergio Perez Racing Point-Mercedes 1m45.117s 0.994s 25
6 Max Verstappen Red Bull-Honda 1m45.394s 1.271s 20
7 Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo-Ferrari 1m45.708s 1.585s 25
8 Lance Stroll Racing Point-Mercedes 1m45.732s 1.609s 21
9 Daniel Ricciardo Renault 1m45.735s 1.612s 26
10 Alexander Albon Red Bull-Honda 1m45.771s 1.648s 21
11 Carlos Sainz Jr. McLaren-Renault 1m45.999s 1.876s 28
12 Romain Grosjean Haas-Ferrari 1m46.120s 1.997s 21
13 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1m46.209s 2.086s 26
14 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso-Honda 1m46.214s 2.091s 24
15 Lando Norris McLaren-Renault 1m46.258s 2.135s 29
16 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo-Ferrari 1m46.328s 2.205s 24
17 Pierre Gasly Toro Rosso-Honda 1m46.374s 2.251s 28
18 Kevin Magnussen Haas-Ferrari 1m46.399s 2.276s 21
19 George Russell Williams-Mercedes 1m47.887s 3.764s 30
20 Robert Kubica Williams-Mercedes 1m48.331s 4.208s 32

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