Bahrain GP: Mixed results for Williams Martini in FP2
By Andrew Hooper
April 15 2017
The results of the second Friday practice session for the 2017 Bahrain GP would see a mixed result for the Williams Martini team. Felipe Massa would finish the session in a positiove 7th but for team-mate Lance Stroll, after a good first session, he would drop down the order to finish only 16th. The team will have to try and understand Lance's drop off in performance. Lance also had to cope with the fact that his feet started to give him pain late in the session due to the high temperatures.
Martini Bahrain GP Friday 2nd Practice
Under lights the Williams Martini team would commence their second Friday
practice session. The opening one had seen Felipe Massa and Lance Stroll
finish in an encouraging fifth and sixth. On the soft tyre the first time
would be set by Grosjean with a 1m:34.286. The soft tyre was the tyre of
choice for the early runners as Vettel went quickest with a 1m:32.615.
Grosjean was second followed by Alonso and Magnussen. Ocon was now third but
at the front it was changing as Bottas went quickest with a 1m:32.614
followed by Vettel and now Sainz. Hulkenberg was up to third while for
Williams their drivers were sixth and eleventh after their first runs.
Verstappen was now third but this would become fourth as Hamilton went
fastest with a 1m:32.290. But Raikkonen would go quicker with a 1m:32.277.
Sainz would pull off the track with smoke coming from his car. First out on
the super soft tyre was Vettel with just over an hour remaining. Vettel
would set a 1m:31.310 to be quickest by 0.967s. More drivers were coming out
on the super soft tyre with Bottas going second with a 1m:31.351. Felipe
would go third on the super soft tyre but Hulkenberg would move ahead.
Hamilton was on a quick lap which would see him go quickest in the first
sector but would abort his lap for a second time. Hamilton would finally set
a 1m:31.594 to be third. Raikkonen was now fourth followed by Hamilton,
Hulkenberg and Felipe.
Ricciardo was now in third and Verstappen eighth. With thirty minutes
remaining both Williams drivers were on runs on the supersoft tyres. Both
drivers would complete the session with no gains in terms of times. The
second session saw Felipe continue his good performances but for Lance it
saw him go backwards. Lance would say after the session "It's just FP2 that
was the only negative really. All session, I was really struggling with the
car. FP2 was a bit of a bizarre session."
Felipe would come out on a new set of soft tyres but his first lap was very
slow setting a 2m:01.452, most likely as he checked out his brakes. His next
lap was a 1m:34.336 to be sixth. Felipe would drop to ninth behind Grosjean.
Felipe had pitted having completed five laps. While in his pit he would drop
to tenth. Felipe would return this time on the super soft tyre and he would
set a 1m:32.079 to be third behind Bottas. Felipe would pit currently in
seventh having completed four laps on the option tyre. With forty five
minutes remaining Felipe was back out running on used super soft tyres.
Felipe continued to circulate around the track having completed six laps so
far on his second run on the super soft.
Lance would take to the track running on soft tyres that he had used on his
installation lap earlier in the day. Lance's first lap was a 1m:34.983 to be
seventh. He would drop to ninth then eleventh. This would become fifteenth
as the session progressed. Lance continued to put in laps on the soft tyre
but would pit after completing nine laps. Lance was still in his pit having
dropped to seventeenth. With fifty five minutes remaining Lance would return
running on the super soft tyre. Lance would set a 1m:33.361 to be only
sixteenth. "The radio's horrible, I can't hear a word you're saying," Lance
would tell his engineer.
He would pit
after his run on the super soft tyre. After a short stop he would come back
out running on used super soft tyres. Lance would cut short his session
coming back in complaining that his feet were burning saying that he was "in
so much pain." "I needed to jump out of the car, it was really, really
painful," said Lance. He added: "I tried to bring it to the end [of the
session] but when I was told to do another lap for the virtual safety car I
said 'I really cannot do it, sorry'."