Williams F1
Tuscany GP: Another typical FP2 for Williams Racing
By Andrew Hooper
September 11 2020

The second Friday practice session for the 2020 Tuscany GP would see the Williams Racing drivers finish in 16th and 18th, separated by the barest of margins. George Russel would again be ahead of team-mate Nicholas Latifi. Overall it would be a fairly typical session finishing down the order as they continue their fight with the Haas and Alfa Romeo teams. It was very much the case that both drivers were pushing to get the best out of the FW43, but it is still lacking pace and that is not something that is going to come quickly even with new owners.
 
 Williams Racing Tuscany GP Friday 2nd Practice
 
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Team Summary:
With the start of the second Friday practice session for the 2020 Tuscany Grand Prix it would be a slow start with a few drivers coming out for their first runs using a mix of medium and hard tyres. Grosjean was the early quickest with a 1m:19.257 only to see Norris move ahead with a 1m:18.658. Grosjean was second followed by Raikkonen and Giovinazzi. The quickest time was on the medium and it would be the medium tyre runners who would move up the times. Kvyat was now third followed by Vettel, Raikkonen, and Sainz sixth. The top four times were on the medium tyre as we now had both Williams drivers running again running a split tyre evaluations. At the front Perez and Stroll were second and third using the medium tyre. Grosjean was fourth but had pitted with an issue. Albon was fifth while Verstappen would go quickest with a 1m:18.281. Also on the medium Bottas was now quickest with a 1m:18.019.

After their first series of laps the Williams drivers were now 12th and 19th with one on the medium and the other the hard, with the team having split their drivers. Hamilton was now in third using the hard with the Williams drivers now 13th and 19th. Bottas would improve his quickest time with a 1m:17.997. After a quite period on the track we would start to see drivers returning for soft tyre runs. Ricciardo would move up to second with Perez third. But with a crash from Norris the session would be red flagged. The order was Bottas, Ricciardo, Perez, Verstappen, Hamilton, Raikkonen, Leclerc, Stroll, Vettel and Norris in tenth.

The session would restart with quite a few drivers returning to complete their interrupted runs. Bottas would set a 1m:16.989 to remain quickest but Hamilton was now second followed by Verstappen and Albon. Ricciardo was now fifth followed by Ocon, Perez, Gasly, Raikkonen and Leclerc tenth. The Williams drivers were currently 16th and 18th. With just over fifteen minutes remaining Raikkonen would be hit by Perez, who had come out of the pit lane. The session would be stopped with debris on the track. The session would restart with ten minutes remaining and would become very busy. Drivers would continue their runs until the end of the session. With the end of the session the top ten would be Bottas, Hamilton, Verstappen, Albon, Ricciardo, Ocon, Perez, Gasly, Raikkonen, and Leclerc tenth. The Williams drivers would have a fairly typical session finishing down the order as they continue their fight with the Haas and Alfa Romeo teams. Very much the case that both drivers are pushing to get the best out of the FW43, but it is still lacking pace and that is not something that is going to come quickly even with new owners.

George Russell:
With fifteen minutes completed George would start his first run using the hard tyre. He would set a 1m:20.313 to be 15th. A 1m:20.913 would see him currently 17th. He would dropt o 19th and would pit after a six lap run. With just under an hour remaining George would return on the soft tyre. George would set a 1m:18.843 to currently be 12th. He would pit after just a two lap run. In his pit he would drop to 16th. After a short break he would return on another set of soft tyres. He would fail to improve his time remaining 16th. But it would appear that he was on a longer run using the soft tyre. George would comment that his fronts weer fading away quite a bit. George would pit after a 12 lap run coming in due to a red flag. He would return but was using the hard tyre. He would complete a seven lap run pitting with the end of the session.

Nichols Latifi:
Nicholas would take to the track with ten minutes completed using the medium tyre. Nicholas would set a 1m:20.119 to be seventh dropping to eighth. This would become 11th but with a 1m:19.743 he would improve to be 10th. Nicholas would pit after a eight lap run. Nicholas would also return for his soft tyre run. But his run would be ruined by a red flag coming from a crash involving Norris. With the restart he would return still on the soft tyre. He would set a 1m:18.983 to be 16th, dropping to 18th as others went quicker. Nicholas would pit after a four lap run remaining in 18th. Nicholas would return on a set of medium tyres for what would be a longer run. Nicholas would only complete six laps when he had to pit with a red flag. With the restart Nicholas would again come out still on the medium tyre. He would switch to the soft tyre for a longer run. He would finish the session having completed five laps on the soft tyre.

 
Russell
 
Pos Driver Car Gap
1 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1m16.989s
2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 0.207s
3 Max Verstappen Red Bull-Honda 0.246s
4 Alexander Albon Red Bull-Honda 0.982s
5 Daniel Ricciardo Renault 1.050s
6 Esteban Ocon Renault 1.126s
7 Sergio Perez Racing Point-Mercedes 1.209s
8 Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri-Honda 1.255s
9 Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo-Ferrari 1.396s
10 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1.411s
11 Lance Stroll Racing Point-Mercedes 1.473s
12 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1.509s
13 Carlos Sainz Jr. McLaren-Renault 1.662s
14 Lando Norris McLaren-Renault 1.669s
15 Daniil Kvyat AlphaTauri-Honda 1.747s
16 George Russell Williams-Mercedes 1.854s
17 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo-Ferrari 1.955s
18 Nicholas Latifi Williams-Mercedes 1.994s
19 Kevin Magnussen Haas-Ferrari 2.124s
20 Romain Grosjean Haas-Ferrari 2.268s
 
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