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British GP: FP3 far more positive for Williams Racing

By Andrew Hooper
August 1 2020

The results of the final Saturday practice session for the 2020 British GP would see the Williams Racing Team drivers finish in 16th and 20th. Unsurprisingly George Russell was ahead of team-mate Nicholas Latifi. Both drivers would complete two soft tyre runs as they prepared for qualifying. Neither driver would have any issues and despite finishing outside the top fifteen it was still a posiitve session with the pair now matching the performances of other teams, a very big change from 2019.

   Williams Racing British GP Saturday Practice

Team Summary:
FP3 would commence with a few drivers coming out with the majority running on the medium tyre. Vettel would set the first time with a 1m:29.652 running on the medium. He would improve with a 1m:28.879 only to see Sainz go quicker with a 1m:28.539 also on the medium. More drivers were coming out but this time on the soft tyre as Raikkonen went fastest only to see Sainz move ahead again with a 1m:28.261. Norris was now fourth as both Mercedes took to the track on soft tyres. Both Renaults were also running using the soft tyre. Bottas was now quickest with a 1m:27.136 now followed by Leclerc and Ocon. Both Williams drivers were also out on the soft tyre as Hamilton went quicker with a 1m:26.825. Both Williams drivers would finish several soft tyre laps seeing them 12th and 19th. Hamilton was still fastest with a 1m:26.332 from Bottas, Verstappen, Stroll, Hulkenberg, Gasly, Leclerc, Ocon, Sainz and Ricciardo tenth.

Norris would move into fourth using the soft tyre with Vettel right behind. But Leclerc would move into fourth only to see Sainz take this position. Ocon would move into seventh as more drivers returned for further soft tyre runs including both Williams drivers. After a technical issue Albon would finally take to the track running on the soft tyre. Bottas would go quickest with a 1m:25.873 from Hamilton and Verstappen. After their second runs the Williams drivers would see themselves finish in 16th and 20th. The top ten would be Bottas followed by Hamilton, Verstappen, Stroll, Sainz, Leclerc, Norris, Ricciardo, Hulkenberg and Gasly tenth. All the drivers would complete practice starts from the grid. For Williams it was a far more positive performance from both drivers even with their finishing positions in the session.

Nicholas Latifi:
Nicholas would start his first run on the soft tyre. His first tined alp was a slow 2m:05.301 but his next lap would see him set a 1m:29.485 to be 13th just 0.3 behind his team-mate. But he would drop to 17th as others went quicker. He would set an improved 1m:28.766 to be 19th.Even so he was only a few tenths off the cars just in front. With fourteen minutes remaining Nicholas would return again on the soft tyre. A 1m:28.244 would see Nicholas now 16th. Nicholas was also back in his pit after a six lap run. Nicholas was now 18th ahead of both Alfa Romeo cars. But this would change as Raikkonen and Giovinazzi moved ahead seeing Nicholas 20th. He would also return to complete his practice start.

George Russell:
With twenty minutes completed George was out for a soft tyre run. George was on a quick run setting a 1m:29.172 to be 12th. George was on an improved lap setting a 1m:29.172 to now be 9th dropping to 10th.This would become 11th as he set a 1m:28.094 but remained 11th dropping to 13th. George would pit after a seven lap run. In the pits he would drop to 14th. He would return for a second soft tyre run setting a 1m:27.817 but would remain 14th. A small improvement with a 1m:27.738 but again remained 14th. George would pit after a six lap run. In the pits he would drop to 16th. he would return to complete a practice start on the grid.

Pos Driver Team Gap
1 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One Team 1m25.873s
2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One Team 0.138s
3 Max Verstappen Aston Martin Red Bull Racing 0.300s
4 Lance Stroll BWT Racing Point F1 Team 0.703s
5 Carlos Sainz Jr. McLaren F1 Team 0.791s
6 Charles Leclerc Scuderia Ferrari 0.898s
7 Lando Norris McLaren F1 Team 0.925s
8 Daniel Ricciardo Renault DP World F1 Team 0.968s
9 Nico Hulkenberg BWT Racing Point F1 Team 0.999s
10 Pierre Gasly Scuderia AlphaTauri Honda 1.173s
11 Daniil Kvyat Scuderia AlphaTauri Honda 1.203s
12 Esteban Ocon Renault DP World F1 Team 1.285s
13 Alexander Albon Aston Martin Red Bull Racing 1.305s
14 Sebastian Vettel Scuderia Ferrari 1.378s
15 Romain Grosjean Haas F1 Team 1.664s
16 George Russell Williams Racing 1.865s
17 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN 1.952s
18 Kevin Magnussen Haas F1 Team 1.987s
19 Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN 2.103s
20 Nicholas Latifi Williams Racing 2.239s

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