Russian GP: Massa in top ten for Williams Martini in FP2

By Andrew Hooper
April 28 2017

The second Friday practice session for the 2017 Russian GP would see Williams Martini driver Felipe Massa finish in an encouraging 7th position. For his team-mate Lance Stroll his session would see him run only on the suoer soft tyre as he focused on learning the Sochi track. He did not run on the ultra soft tyre explaining his low 19th position in the times. Saturday should see him move up the times.

 Williams Martini Russian GP Friday 2nd Practice

Team Summary:
The opening Friday practice session would see the Williams Martini cars finish in an encouraging eighth and ninth with Lance Stroll just behind team-mate Felipe Massa. With the start of the second session Vettel would set the first competitive quickest time with a 1m:36.524, with Raikkonen second. Raikkonen would improve to be fastest with a 1m:35.980 with Bottas now second. Hamilton would go quickest with a 1m:35.752 from Raikkonen and Bottas. Ricciardo was now third with a 1m:36.224. After their first runs the Williams pair were now sixth and thirteenth with just over an hour remaining.

The first driver on the ultra soft tyre was Raikkonen and he would set a 1m:34.721 to be quickest. Vettel was now out on the same tyre. Raikkonen would improve with a 1m:34.383. Vettel would go second with a 1m:34.480, but his next lap would see him improve with a 1m:34.120 to go quickest. Bottas was third with a 1m:35.313 to be 1.1 seconds behind Vettel. A 1m:34.998 would see Bottas improve but would remain third. Hamilton would go third with a 1m:34.829 but Bottas would move back into third again with a 1m:34.790. With just under forty five minutes remaining the top ten was Vettel, Raikkonen, Bottas, Hamilton, Ricciardo, Verstappen, Felipe, Hulkenberg, Perez and Ocon.

With twenty five minutes remaining most drivers were on longer runs with the majority on the ultra soft tyre. of the top ten only Raikkonen was on the super soft tyre. As the session drew to a close the Williams drivers were seventh and nineteenth with the drivers on different programmes with Lances focus been learning the track. More drivers had switched to the super soft tyre as the session came to an end. Both Williams drivers were on the super soft tyre as the session ended. Felipe was again in the stop ten but Lance had yet to get the opportunity to run on the ultra soft tyre so he should be closer to the front on Saturday.

Felipe Massa:
Felipe would be first out for Williams running on a new super soft tyre. His first timed lap would see a 1m:37.697 to be fourth, dropping to fifth. As others went quicker Felipe would drop to seventh behind Hulkenberg. But Felipe would find time with a 1m:37.090 to move up to fifth. He would drop to sixth behind Ricciardo. But Felipe would set a 1m:36.837 to move back up fifth. Felipe would pit after seven laps. He would drop to sixth behind Vettel. Felipe would return for his first run on the ultra soft tyre. Felipe would set a 1m:36.528 remaining sixth. This was now much of an improvement on the soft tyre. He was able to improve with a 1m:36.261 but remained sixth. After five laps Felipe would pit. He would drop to seventh behind Verstappen. Felipe would continue his run on the ultra soft tyre having completed nine laps on his current run. With ten minutes remaining Felipe had completed twenty four laps on the ultra soft tyre. Felipe would pit taking on the super soft tyre and would complete the session on this tyre.

Lance Stroll:
Lance would follow his team-mate out also on the super soft tyre. Lance would set a slow 1m:49.986 on his first lap. A 1m:40.065 from Lance would see him down in fourteenth. Lance was now finding any real improvements in his times setting a 1m:38.498 to be now fifteenth. A 1m:38.098 would see Lance thirteenth behind Kvyat. Lance would pit after nine laps. While in his pit Lance would drop to sixteenth and would come back out on a new set of super soft tyres. Lance would continue to lap currently in eighteenth. Lance would pit briefly but would come back ut continuing on his long run on the super soft tyre. After a run of fourteen laps Lance would pit. He had dropped to nineteenth while he was in his pit. With twenty minutes remaining Lance was back out on a set of used super soft tyres. The team was using this opportunity to learn the track and complete some setup work on the super soft tyres. He would pit after a single lap but would return. He would complete the session having completed eigteen laps on the super soft tyre. It was expected that he would get the opportunity to run on the ultra soft tyre in the Saturday practice.

Pos Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m34.120s - 36
2 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m34.383s 0.263s 36
3 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1m34.790s 0.670s 36
4 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m34.829s 0.709s 34
5 Max Verstappen Red Bull-Renault 1m35.540s 1.420s 15
6 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull-Renault 1m35.910s 1.790s 26
7 Felipe Massa Williams-Mercedes 1m36.261s 2.141s 39
8 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1m36.329s 2.209s 38
9 Kevin Magnussen Haas-Ferrari 1m36.506s 2.386s 31
10 Sergio Perez Force India-Mercedes 1m36.600s 2.480s 38
11 Esteban Ocon Force India-Mercedes 1m36.654s 2.534s 39
12 Fernando Alonso McLaren-Honda 1m36.765s 2.645s 27
13 Jolyon Palmer Renault 1m36.771s 2.651s 22
14 Romain Grosjean Haas-Ferrari 1m37.039s 2.919s 31
15 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso-Renault 1m37.083s 2.963s 36
16 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren-Honda 1m37.125s 3.005s 25
17 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso-Renault 1m37.300s 3.180s 35
18 Pascal Wehrlein Sauber-Ferrari 1m37.441s 3.321s 30
19 Lance Stroll Williams-Mercedes 1m37.747s 3.627s 36
20 Marcus Ericsson Sauber-Ferrari 1m37.819s 3.699s 29

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Russian GP: Massa in top ten for Williams Martini in FP2
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Date: 28/04/2017 14:56

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