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British GP: FP2 Uncertain results for Williams Racing

By Andrew Hooper
July 31 2020

The results of the second Friday practice session for the 2020 Britsh GP would see the Williams Racing Team see their drivers finish in 17th and 20th. George Russell would finish ahead of team-mate Nicholas Latifi with both drivers completing soft tyre runs prior to moving on to longer runs with teh drivers splitting their tyre evalations of the hard and mdium tyres. It was very much a session that produced uncertain results as the team based on comments from George may have been focusing on their race performances.

  Williams Racing British GP Friday 2nd Practice

Team Summary:
After what seemed like a variety of handling issues with the FW43 the Williams Racing Team would get the second Friday practice session underway. In what was a very hot day Ricciardo would be first out running on the hard tyre. He would be joined by Kvyat and both Haas cars. The medium and hard tyres were the ones been used in these early stages of the session. A 1m:30.518 from Ricciardo. Both Ferrari's were also out with Vettel making his first appearance after not run in FP1. Grosjean was now quickest but Giovinazzi would move ahead with a 1m:30.046. Leclerc on the medium was now quickest with a 1m:28.773 followed by Gasly and Raikkonen. Stroll was fourth followed by Ricciardo and Giovinazzi. Giovinazzi was now second as Leclerc would spin his Ferrari at Turn three. Both Williams drivers were now running again on a split tyre evaluations running both the medium and the hard.

Both Red Bull cars were running with Verstappen went fastest with a 1m:28.390 running on the medium. The Williams pair were now 16th and 17th. Albon would move ahead of Verstappen but Bottas would go quickest with a 1m:28.039. Hamilton was sixth on the hard. Both Williams drivers would pit after short runs. Verstappen was now third followed by Leclerc, Giovinazzi, Hamilton, Stroll, Gasly, Hulkenberg, and Raikkonen tenth. Hamilton would improve to be third. With thirty minutes completed the top ten was Bottas, Albon, Hamilton, Verstappen, Leclerc, Giovinazzi, Stroll, Gasly, Hulkenberg and Ricciardo. The Williams drivers remained in their pits currently 18th and 19th. The quickest time was now a 1m:27.731.

After a small quite period drivers would start to return and Albon on the soft tyre would set a 1m:27.364 to be quickest. There were quite a few soft tyre runs now taking place. Stroll was now quickest with a 1m:27.274. Leclerc was now third followed by Bottas. The session would be red flagged when Albon was to crash on the exit of Stowe. Prior to this the Williams driver were 13th and 19th. The session would restart with thirty five minutes remaining. Both Mercedes were on soft tyre runs but would remain in third and fifth. As the session drew to a close both Williams drivers would return to their hard and medium tyres runs. With the session coming to an end the Williams drivers would complete their longer runs on the hard and medium tyres. The top ten would end up been Stroll from Albon, Bottas, Leclerc, Hamilton, Sainz, Hulkenberg Gasly, Ricciardo and Raikkonen tenth. As for the fortunes of the Williams team this Friday as a whole did not show the positive results that had been seen in the first three races. But have they changed their approach to focus on their race pace.

George Russell:
With fifteen minutes completed George was now running this time on the hard tyre. George would set a 1m:30.544 to be 14th just ahead of Nicholas. He would drop to 18th pitting after a four lap run. George while on his radio had him saying he would have to abort and that he wanted to pit. It was unclear the reason why he made this comment. George would also come out for soft tyre run. George would set a 1m:28.771 to be 10th. This would become 13th as others went quicker. As further runs were completed George would drop to 17th. With twenty minutes remaining George would return running on the hard tyre. He would complain of vibration from the right front. But he would continue to lap completing a 15 lap run. George would return to complete a practice start on the grid.

Nicholas Latifi:
Nicholas would run first for Williams coming out on the medium tyre. He would set a 1m:30.799 to currently be 12th. He would drop to 19th as he would pit after a six lap run. Fifty five minutes remaining and Nicholas was back out on the soft tyre. He would set a 1m:29.958 to be 18th dropping to 19th. Nicholas was back out for a second soft tyre run. He would not improve on his time in this run. Nicholas would drop to 20th. He would pit changing to the medium tyre. Right at the end of the session Nicholas would spin off taking to the grass at Stowe but he was able to continue pitting after a 14 lap run on the mediums. Nicholas would also complete a practice start on the grid.

Pos Driver Car Gap
1 Lance Stroll Racing Point-Mercedes 1m27.274s
2 Alexander Albon Red Bull-Honda 0.090s
3 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 0.157s
4 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 0.296s
5 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 0.307s
6 Carlos Sainz Jr. McLaren-Renault 0.546s
7 Nico Hulkenberg Racing Point-Mercedes 0.636s
8 Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri-Honda 0.723s
9 Daniel Ricciardo Renault 0.838s
10 Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo-Ferrari 0.885s
11 Lando Norris McLaren-Renault 0.895s
12 Esteban Ocon Renault 0.945s
13 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo-Ferrari 0.982s
14 Max Verstappen Red Bull-Honda 1.116s
15 Daniil Kvyat AlphaTauri-Honda 1.152s
16 Romain Grosjean Haas-Ferrari 1.290s
17 George Russell Williams-Mercedes 1.497s
18 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1.586s
19 Kevin Magnussen Haas-Ferrari 1.624s
20 Nicholas Latifi Williams-Mercedes 2.684s

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