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Italian GP: Williams Racing off the pace in FP2


By Andrew Hooper
September 4 2020

The second friday practice session for the 2020 Italian GP would see the Williams Racing Team drivers finishing in 19th and 20th and slowest but with Nicholas Latifi leading team-mate George Russell. It was a tough session with both Williams drivers a considerable margin behind the likes of the Haas and Alfa Romeo teams. Based on the comments from George his car seemed to be a handful. Hopefully the team will be able to address the issues he spoke of in his communications with his engineer and be far more competitive on Saturday. 

 
 ROKiT Williams Italian GP Friday 2nd Practice
 
Russell
 

Team Summary:
With the start of the second Friday practice session for the 2020 Italian Grand Prix would see little action with five minutes passing before Raikkonen came out followed by Grosjean and Magnussen. Raikkonen would set a 1m:22.959 on the medium but Albon on the hard would set a 1m:22.806. Stroll on the medium was now quickest with a 1m:22.556 as both Alpha Tauri's came out for their first runs. Albon would improve to set a 1m:22.324 to go quickest only to see Gasly move ahead with a 1m:22.034 on the medium. Albon was second followed by Grosjean, Raikkonen, Stroll, Giovinazzi, Kvyat, and Magnussen on a mix of tyres. Both Williams drivers were out for their first runs as the order changed quickly. Gasly was now fastest with a 1m:21.578 on the medium followed now by Stroll and Ricciardo. Perez was fourth followed by Raikkonen and Sainz. Sainz would improve to be second on the hard tyre with Leclerc now third on the mediums. Leclerc's time would be deleted as he went wide. he would drop to 13th behind team-mate Vettel. Ocon was now second running on the mediums followed by Sainz and Verstappen,

On the medium tyre Hamilton was now fastest with a 1m:21.085 followed by Gasly and Verstappen. The Williams drivers were currently 17th and 18th. This would become 18th and 19th. Bottas was now second running on the hard tyre. Hamilton would improve with a 1m:20.645. Verstappen was now third using the medium tyre. But with an hour remaining the track would become quite with only the Mercedes running. Gasly was fourth followed by Ocon, Sainz, Stroll, Albon, Ricciardo, and Giovinazzi tenth. The track was now empty as teams get ready for their next runs most likely on the soft tyre. The first driver to return was Sainz on the soft tyre. Both Williams drivers would come out for their soft tyre runs. Sainz would improve to be third behind Bottas as the track started to get busy with forty eight minutes remaining.

Giovinazzi was now in sixth behind Gasly while the Williams drivers did not improve remaining in 18th and 19th. At the front Bottas had been quickest with a 1m:20.454 but Hamilton would set a 1m:20.192 to be quickest. Verstappen was third but a second behind Hamilton. Fourth was Sainz who had run wide going into the gravel and pitted but as Gasly went third this would become fifth. Kvyat was now sixth followed by Stroll, Leclerc, Perez and Ocon. With twenty minutes remaining the track was now full barring the McLaren of Norris which was having power issues. all the drivers were on longer runs using all three tyre types. As Norris finally set a time the Williams pair were now 19th and 20th. On the soft tyre Norris would move up to third.
the session would come to an end with Hamilton remaining quickest from Bottas, Norris, Gasly, Verstappen, Sainz, Kvyat, Stroll, Leclerc and Perez tenth. The Williams drivers would finish in 19th and 20th and slowest but with Nicholas leading team-mate George. It was a tough session with both Williams driers a considerable margin behind the likes of the Haas and Alfa Romeo teams. Based on the comments from George his car seemed to be a handful. Hopefully the team will be able to address the issues he spoke of in his communications with his engineer.

Nicholas Latifi:
Nicholas would follow his team-mate out as the track was now quite busy. He was out on the hard tyre. A 1m:24.216 from Nicholas seeing him slowest. Nicholas would improve with a 1m:23.507 to be 16th one place of his team-mate. George would move ahead seeing Nicholas now 18th as Nicholas pitted after a seven lap run, now 19th. Nicholas was also out for a soft tyre run. He would set a 1m:23.425 to remain 19th. Nicholas would set a 1m:22.825 to move ahead of his team-mate to be 18th. Nicholas would pit aftre a seven lap run currently 18th. Nicholas would return this time on the hard tyre. With seven minutes remaining Nicholas had completed eleven laps on the hard. He would complete seventeen laps as the session ended.

George Russell:
George would return to his car after Roy Nissany took his place in FP1. With fifteen minutes completed George would come out for his first run on the medium tyres. George would set a 1m:23.842 to be 15th. George would say that there was going to be a shunt with all the slowing down by drivers as they try to get slip streams. George would improve with a 1m:23.200 to be 16th dropping to 17th. He would improve with a 1m:23.064 but did not change positions. He would pit after a nine lap run currently in 18th. George had been running flow viz on his rear wing like Nicholas in the first session. George was out running on the soft tyre with fifty minutes remaining. George would set a 1m:22.927 but would remain 18th. George would say that he had a weird noise from his engine. He would pit after a four lap run currently 19th. For his next run George would return on the medium tyre. George would tell his engineer that something did not feel right with the ride and that his car does not feel right that it felt quite soft. George continued to lap on his long run on the medium but would pit after a twelve lap run. He would return on another set of soft tyres. George would say the the understeer was worse in Turns nine and ten. With the end of the session George with Pit after a nine lap run on the soft tyre.

 
Latifi
 
Pos Driver Car Gap
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m20.192s
2 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 0.262s
3 Lando Norris McLaren-Renault 0.897s
4 Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri-Honda 0.929s
5 Max Verstappen Red Bull-Honda 1.036s
6 Carlos Sainz Jr. McLaren-Renault 1.121s
7 Daniil Kvyat AlphaTauri-Honda 1.184s
8 Lance Stroll Racing Point-Mercedes 1.197s
9 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1.311s
10 Sergio Perez Racing Point-Mercedes 1.402s
11 Esteban Ocon Renault 1.505s
12 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1.541s
13 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo-Ferrari 1.594s
14 Alexander Albon Red Bull-Honda 1.691s
15 Daniel Ricciardo Renault 1.888s
16 Kevin Magnussen Haas-Ferrari 1.896s
17 Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo-Ferrari 1.955s
18 Romain Grosjean Haas-Ferrari 2.062s
19 Nicholas Latifi Williams-Mercedes 2.633s
20 George Russell Williams-Mercedes 2.735s
 
Latifi
 

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