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Spanish GP: Williams Racing continue to struggle in FP3

By Andrew Hooper
August 15 2020

The final 2020 Spanish GP practice session would see the Williams Racing Team continue their struggles with both drivers again finishing the session slowest. George Russell would finish ahead of team-mate Nicholas Latifi by a considerable margin with both drivers doing two runs on the soft tyre. On the face of it qualifying will be more of the same. 

   Williams Racing Spanish GP Saturday Practice

Team Summary:
With the start of the final practice on Saturday there would not be any sort of a rush with just three drivers coming out including both Haas and McLaren cars. For the Williams racing Team Friday had been a difficult day so this session would hopefully see an improvement. Norris on the medium would set a 1m:19.620 with nearly fifteen minutes of the session completed. Both Alfa Romeo cars would come out both on the soft tyre. Giovinazzi would go second behind Norris. But Raikkonen would go quickest with a 1m:19.521. More drivers would start to come out with forty minutes remaining including both Renault's and Ferrari's.

Both racing Point cars were also running with the majority of drivers using the medium tyre. Sainz would go quickest with a 1m:19.446 on the medium tyre. Both Williams drivers were out running with both on the soft tyre. Leclerc was now quickest with a 1m:18.950, on the medium tyre, with Kvyat second. Both Mercedes were running both on the soft tyre. Bottas was now fastest with a 1m:17.971 to lead Leclerc. Hamilton was now second to be behind his team-mate. Gasly was now fourth followed by Kvyat, Sainz, Raikkonen, Norris, Ocon, and Perez tenth. Both Williams drivers continued to lap on the soft tyre but they would again drop to the bottom of the times to be slowest. At the front Verstappen was now third with the top three times all done on the soft tyre.

Leclerc was now fourth followed by Gasly, Albon, Perez, Stroll, Kvyat, and Sainz tenth. On the soft tyre Norris would jump up to fourth with the only other car on the track been Sainz with twenty minutes remaining. Sainz would set a 1m:18.046 to now be second. On the soft tyre Vettel would move up to sixth with Leclerc fifth. Bottas was still quickest but now with a 1m:17.373 after a soft tyre run. The track was now quite busy with twelve minutes remaining. Hamilton would improve to be quickest with a 1m:17.222. Sainz was still third from Verstappen and Leclerc. With eight minutes remaining the Williams drivers were 17th and 19th. Verstappen would improve to be third followed by Sainz, Perez, Leclerc, Gasly, Stroll, Albon, Ricciardo and Ocon tenth.

Ocon would crash late in the session as he came up behind Magnussen and the Haas would slow quite quickly seeing Ocon having turn to avoid the Hass and ending up in the barrier. This would see the session red flagged. The Williams drivers were currently slowest with George ahead of Nicholas by 0.467s. The session would end with Hamilton fastest from Bottas, Verstappen, Sainz, Perez, Leclerc, Gasly, Stroll, Albon, and Ricciardo tenth. Another difficult session for Williams Racing with both drivers showing no major improvement from Friday. It would most likely be a repeat of the is session come qualifying with the prospects for the race not much better.

Nicholas Latifi:
With just under forty minutes left Nicholas would come out for his first run also using the soft tyre. His first lap would be a 1m:20.444 to currently be 12th. He would drop to 15th then would become slowest pitting after a nine lap run. Nicholas would also come out for his soft tyre run. He would set a 1m:19.771 to be 17th dropping to 18th. He would eventually drop to be slowest. He would pit after a five lap run ending his session.

George Russell:
With forty one minutes remaining George would leave the pits running on the soft tyre. George would set a 1m:20.288 to currently be eighth. As he continued to run he would drop to 11th. He would drop to 16th even with a slight improvement with a 1m:20.265. He would pit after an eight lap run currently 19th. With eighteen minutes left in the session George would return again on the soft tyre. He would set a 1m:19.297 to now be 12th. This would become 18th as he pitted after a six lap run. George would drop to 19th which was not a surprise as the session ended.

Pos Driver Car Gap
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m17.222s
2 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 0.151s
3 Max Verstappen Red Bull-Honda 0.515s
4 Carlos Sainz Jr. McLaren-Renault 0.824s
5 Sergio Perez Racing Point-Mercedes 0.874s
6 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 0.971s
7 Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri-Honda 0.989s
8 Lance Stroll Racing Point-Mercedes 1.087s
9 Alexander Albon Red Bull-Honda 1.149s
10 Daniel Ricciardo Renault 1.162s
11 Esteban Ocon Renault 1.380s
12 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1.485s
13 Romain Grosjean Haas-Ferrari 1.488s
14 Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo-Ferrari 1.499s
15 Lando Norris McLaren-Renault 1.581s
16 Daniil Kvyat AlphaTauri-Honda 1.630s
17 Kevin Magnussen Haas-Ferrari 1.718s
18 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo-Ferrari 1.953s
19 George Russell Williams-Mercedes 2.075s
20 Nicholas Latifi Williams-Mercedes 2.542s

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