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Austrian GP: Work to do for Williams but great to be back

By Andrew Hooper
July 3 2020

The Williams Racing Team would complete te first day of practice for the 2020 Austrian GP. It would be a day where the team worked through various tyre runs with longer runs late in the session. George Russell and Nicholas Latoifi would finish in 18th and 20th. For Nicholas his session would be hampered by two spins while running on the soft tyre. The results of the day would show that the Williams team had closed the gap by small margins but still have a lot of work to do to get themselves well and truly in the midfield. But it is very early days..

  Williams Racing Austrian GP Friday 2nd Practice

Team Summary:
With the start of the second Friday practice session for the 2020 Austrian GP would see Grosjean set the first time with a 1m:08.351. More drivers would join him as Grosjean set a 1m:07.842 but others would go quickest but would be passed by Stroll and Raikkonen. Stroll would set a 1m:05.469 to be ahead of Raikkonen. Norris was now second followed by Perez. Perez was now second while the Williams drivers were completing runs currently in 13th and 16th. Both would pit currently 16th and 17th. Verstappen was now quickest on the medium tyre setting a 1m:05.379 from Stroll and Bottas. With just over an hour remaining and Hamilton was out for his first run. He would move into 11th. But he would set a 1m:05.095 to go quickest.

Both Williams drivers would return running on the soft tyre. More drivers would also come out for soft tyre runs. Perez would go quickest but Bottas would move ahead with a 1m:04.501. The Williams drivers were currently 14th and 20th. This would become 16th and 20th. Perez was second followed now by Vettel, Hamilton, Stroll, and Verstappen sixth. Hamilton would set a 1m:04.304 to be quickest from Bottas. The later part of the session would see drivers on longer runs including both Williams drivers. The session would come to an end with Hamilton leading from Bottas, Perez, Vettel, Ricciardo, Norris, Stroll, Verstappen, Leclerc and Sainz. The Williams pair would finish in 18th and 20th. Te drivers would be able to return to the grid for practice starts. The results of the day would show that the Williams team had closed the gap by small margins but still have a lot of work to do to get themselves well and truly in the midfield. But it is very early days..

George Russell:
George would be first out for Williams running on the medium tyre. He would set a 1m:07.060 on his first lap. George would again improve with a 1m:07.298 to be 13th. He would again improve with a 1m:07.025 to now be 14th. He would drop to 16th and would also pit. George would follow Nicholas out also on the soft tyre. George would set a 1m:06.204 to be 13th. He would drop to 16th even though he had improved with a 1m:06.125. George would pit after a eight lap run. Russell was back out for a hard tyre run but it would seem that he was also running with flow viz on his car. He would switch to the medium tyre for a ten lap run prior to pitting.

Nicholas Latifi:
Nicholas would also come out except on the hard tyre. A slow lap from Nicholas with a 1m:18.239. He would improve with a 1m:09.076 to be behind his team-mate. Nicholas would have a spin at the exit of Turn one. Nicholas would again go off having to reverse to get his car back on the track. He would pit after this with a six lap run on the hard tyre. With just under an hour Nicholas was back out this time on the soft tyre. He would set a 1m:07.681 to be slowest. A 1m:07.124 from Nicholas would still see him slowest. He would pit after a nine lap run. With thirty five minutes remaining Nicholas would return for another soft tyre run but he would pit after a single lap. He would change to a hard tyre. He would carry out a long run completing twenty four laps with the end of the session.

Pos Driver Car Gap
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m04.304s
2 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 0.197s
3 Sergio Perez Racing Point-Mercedes 0.641s
4 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 0.657s
5 Daniel Ricciardo Renault 0.668s
6 Lando Norris McLaren-Renault 0.783s
7 Lance Stroll Racing Point-Mercedes 0.831s
8 Max Verstappen Red Bull-Honda 0.911s
9 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 0.994s
10 Carlos Sainz Jr. McLaren-Renault 1.048s
11 Esteban Ocon Renault 1.111s
12 Daniil Kvyat AlphaTauri-Honda 1.139s
13 Alexander Albon Red Bull-Honda 1.149s
14 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo-Ferrari 1.304s
15 Kevin Magnussen Haas-Ferrari 1.374s
16 Romain Grosjean Haas-Ferrari 1.604s
17 Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri-Honda 1.712s
18 George Russell Williams-Mercedes 1.821s
19 Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo-Ferrari 1.974s
20 Nicholas Latifi Williams-Mercedes 2.820s

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