Chinese GP: Williams Martini 2nd & 3rd in shortened FP1

By Andrew Hooper
April 7 2017

In what was a frustrating session the Williams Martini team would see their drivers finish in 2nd and 3rd in the opening Friday practice for the 2017 Chinese GP. It was a session that saw both Williams drivers completing a handful of laps with Felipe Massa finishing ahead of team-mate Lance Stroll. It would be 45 minutes into the session before the cars were able to run. It was a session where not a lot was learnt by the Williams team.

 Williams Martini Chinese GP Friday 1st Practice

Team Summary:
The Williams Martini team would see Felipe Massa and rookie Lance Stroll finish in second and third in an opening Friday session that was hampered by poor weather. The session would be cut short as a result of the circuit helicopter not been able to fly to the local helicopter.

The Williams drivers would both run a combination of full wet and intermediates during the shortened session. The session would take forty five minutes before it got underway with both Williams drivers setting their quickest time on the intermediate tyres.

Pos Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Max Verstappen Red Bull-Renault 1m50.491s - 4
2 Felipe Massa Williams-Mercedes 1m52.086s 1.595s 7
3 Lance Stroll Williams-Mercedes 1m52.507s 2.016s 7
4 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso-Renault 1m52.840s 2.349s 5
5 Romain Grosjean Haas-Ferrari 1m53.039s 2.548s 6
6 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso-Renault 1m53.314s 2.823s 4
7 Fernando Alonso McLaren-Honda 1m53.520s 3.029s 5
8 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull-Renault 1m54.038s 3.547s 7
9 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1m54.664s 4.173s 4
10 Kevin Magnussen Haas-Ferrari 1m55.104s 4.613s 8
11 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1m55.608s 5.117s 6
12 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren-Honda 1m57.445s 6.954s 4
13 Marcus Ericsson Sauber-Ferrari 2m15.138s 24.647s 4
14 Antonio Giovinazzi Sauber-Ferrari 2m15.281s 24.790s 4
15 Jolyon Palmer Renault - - 3
16 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari - - 2
17 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari - - 1
18 Esteban Ocon Force India-Mercedes - - 2
19 Sergio Perez Force India-Mercedes - - 3
20 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes - - 2

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