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Abu Dhabi GP: Busy FP1 for ROKiT Williams


By Andrew Hooper
November 29 2019

The opening Friday practice session for the 2019 Abu Dhabi GP would see the ROKiT Williams Team work through their Friday programme in what was a busy session for the team. At the end it would be Robert Kubica who would finish ahead of his team-mate George Russell. There had been reports of George been ill but he was able to get out and complete the most laps of any driver in the session. The pair would finish in 18th and 20th.

 
 ROKiT Williams Abu Dhabi GP Friday 1st Practice
 
Russell
 

Team Summary:
With the start of the opening Friday practice session for the 2019 Abu Dhabi GP there would be a flow of drivers coming out for their installation laps, including both Williams drivers. Leclerc would set the first time with a 1m:40.298 with Vettel a slow second. Bottas was now quickest with a 1m:38.053 followed by Leclerc and Albon. Bottas would improve with a 1m:37.975 with Albon now second. Hulkenberg was fourth behind Leclerc with Vettel fifth. Verstappen would move into second ahead of Albon. Hamilton was now second followed by Verstappen, Leclerc, Vettel, Albon, Hulkenberg, Perez, Kvyat, and Stroll tenth. Bottas had improved with a 1m:37.939 while Verstappen was again second. With fifty five minutes remaining both Williams cars were running on the soft tyre. With the first forty minutes completed the track would empty with the Williams drivers in 18th and 20th. Fastest was now Hamilton with a 1m:37.591. He was followed by Bottas, Verstappen, Vettel, Leclerc, Albon, Hulkenberg, Stroll, Perez, and Kvyat tenth.

Bottas would return running on the medium tyre and would set a 1m:36.957. Verstappen was now in second ahead of Hamilton. The session would be red flagged when Ricciardo would suffer an engine failure with flames coming from his Renault. The Williams drivers would pit currently in 17th and 19th. The track would be cleaned of Ricciardo's oil which had covered a considerable part of the track. The session would restart with fifteen minutes remaining. Both Williams drivers would return remaining on soft tyres. But as the session drew to a close the team would switch one driver to the medium tyre. With the session coming to a close Vettel would spin seeing his car crash into the barrier doing extensive damage to the rear of the car. It would see the session again red flagged and would end. Bottas was still quickest from Verstappen, Hamilton, Albon, Vettel, Grosjean, Leclerc, Magnussen, Giovinazzi, and Hulkenberg tenth. The Williams team would see their drivers 18th and 20th, again slowest. Robert would finish ahead of George by a reasonable margin. But despite this the team would have worked through their programme in the session. Even with resports of his illness George would complete the most laps of any driver in the session.

George Russell:
George would follow his team-mate with the start of the session running also on the soft tyre, pitting after a single lap. With fifteen minutes of the session completed George would return again on the soft tyre but he would return to the pit lane briefly coming back out. He would return to the pit lane for further adjustments. George would return and was able to set a 1m:42.742 to be behind his team-mate. George would be able to find further time with a 1m:41.362 to be 0.8 ahead of his team-mate. George would pit after a six lap run. George would return and with thirty five minutes remaining he would set a 1m:41.362 using the soft tyre. But he would be forced to pit with the red flag having completed five laps. With the green flag George would return again on soft tyres but he would return to his pit after a single lap. Again he would return on the soft tyre and would pit with the second red flag having completed six laps.

Robert Kubica:
Robert would be first out in the session running on the soft tyre. Robert would pit after a single lap. With an hour and ten minutes remaining Robert would return again on the soft tyre. His first lap was a 1m:44.122 to be well off the times at the front. Robert would improve with a 1m:42.520 but was still the slowest of the times set. Robert would improve with a 1m:42.188 and would pit after a nine lap run. Robert would return with just over forty minutes remaining. He was on the soft tyre and would set a 1m:41.081 a big improvement. Robert would pit with the red flag having completed six laps. Robert would return on the soft tyre but would only complete two laps prior to pitting. With five minutes remaining Robert would return on the medium tyre. But his run would end with a red flag..

 
Kubica
 
Pos Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1m36.957s - 23
2 Max Verstappen Red Bull-Honda 1m37.492s 0.535s 22
3 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m37.591s 0.634s 20
4 Alexander Albon Red Bull-Honda 1m38.084s 1.127s 23
5 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m38.906s 1.949s 19
6 Romain Grosjean Haas-Ferrari 1m39.146s 2.189s 18
7 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1m39.249s 2.292s 18
8 Kevin Magnussen Haas-Ferrari 1m39.350s 2.393s 19
9 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo-Ferrari 1m39.423s 2.466s 20
10 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1m39.505s 2.548s 22
11 Lando Norris McLaren-Renault 1m39.628s 2.671s 18
12 Lance Stroll Racing Point-Mercedes 1m39.864s 2.907s 23
13 Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo-Ferrari 1m39.888s 2.931s 17
14 Sergio Perez Racing Point-Mercedes 1m39.901s 2.944s 17
15 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso-Honda 1m39.969s 3.012s 20
16 Pierre Gasly Toro Rosso-Honda 1m40.401s 3.444s 17
17 Carlos Sainz Jr. McLaren-Renault 1m40.687s 3.730s 23
18 Robert Kubica Williams-Mercedes 1m40.792s 3.835s 21
19 Daniel Ricciardo Renault 1m40.850s 3.893s 12
20 George Russell Williams-Mercedes 1m41.362s 4.405s 24
 
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