The results of the 2017 Russian GP would see the Williams Martini team see their drivers finish in 9th and 11th. Felipe Massa would start from sixth and would run in this position for most of the race but a late puncture and pit stop would see him drop to ninth. For Lance Stroll he was just outside the points but at least he finished the race. But his race was spoilt by a spin on the first lap of the race that saw him drop down the order. It was a race of what might have been for the Williams team had their drivers not suffered their frustrations in the race.
Russian Grand Prix Race Review
grid for the fifty three lap 2017 Russian GP would see Felipe Massa and
Lance Stroll start from sixth and eleventh positions for the Williams
Martini team. The top ten drivers would all start on the ultra soft tyre but
Lance would have the option of tyres and would select the tyre. On pole was
Vettel followed by Raikkonen, Bottas, Hamilton, Ricciardo, Felipe,
Verstappen, Hulkenberg, Perez and Ocon in tenth. But for Verstappen his race
would hit problems prior to going to the grid with his car suffering a water
leak. But his team would fix it and he would make his way to the grid. Lance
would start the race on new ultra soft tyre with the only drivers on the
super soft tyre been the Sauber's and Vandoorne.
The grid would move off and complete their formation lap with Vettel taking
up his pole position. Alonso would retire his car at the pit entry. His car
would be cleared but it would require another formation lap. The start would
see Bottas get past both Ferrari's to take the lead as they went into Turn
two. At the rear both Grosjean and Palmer would crash ending both their
races. For Williams Lance would spin and would be fourteenth. Felipe was
running in sixth with the cars behind the Safety Car as they cleared the
damaged Hass and Renault. lap four and the race would restart with Bottas
leading Vettel and Raikkonen. Felipe was 4.5 seconds behind the leader
running behind Verstappen. Ricciardo was in seventh and would report that
his breaks were on fire with smoke coming out and slowing his car dropping
down the order.
It was reported
that an incident between Lance and Hulkenberg was under investigation so
Lance may not have spun alone. Ricciardo would pit and retire in his garage.
Lap ten and Bottas was leading by 3.1 seconds while for Felipe he was 18.1
seconds behind Bottas and 3.1 seconds behind Verstappen. Lance was now
thirteenth running behind Kvyat. Lap fourteen of the now fifty two lap race
and Bottas was extending his lead with a gap to Vettel of 4.05s. Hamilton
was in a distant fourth with a large gap back to Verstappen. Hamilton was
told by his team that his car was high on temperatures. Bottas continued to
set quickest laps as his lead grew to 4.6 seconds. Drivers would start to
pit and on lap twenty three Felipe would pit changing to the super soft
tyre. Felipe would return in tenth while Lance was now eleventh as other
drivers pitted including Magnussen and both Sauber's.
Felipe was running in ninth with Lance in tenth but yet to pit having
completed twenty five laps on the ultra soft tyre. Bottas would pit on lap
twenty nine taking on the super soft tyres. Vettel was now leading with
Raikkonen second and Hamilton third. Bottas was now in fourth as Perez
pitted. Lance would now pit on lap thirty taking on the super soft tyre
running in eleventh. With others stopping Felipe would move up to seventh
ten seconds behind Hulkenberg. Raikkonen would pit on lap thirty one also
taking the super soft tyre. The next lap and Hamilton would pit coming back
out in fourth. Bottas was now second behind Vettel but the Ferrari had yet
Twenty laps to
the end of the race and Vettel was told that he would stay out even though
he was on very well used ultra soft tyres. Felipe continued to run in
seventh behind Hulkenberg but the Renault had yet to pit. Vettel was finally
told to pit and would come in on lap thirty six. Vettel would have a
slightly slow pit stop and would come out again in second 4.7 seconds behind
the now leading Bottas. The gap between Bottas and Vettel was fluctuating as
both drivers tried to set their quickest times. Lap forty and the gap was
now down to 2.4 seconds with Bottas having made a small mistake running wide
at Turn thirteen. It was a real game between Bottas and Vettel.
finally pit on lap forty two coming back out in ninth followed by Sainz and
Lance. Felipe was now running in sixth with Perez and Ocon behind him. But
Felipe would pit again on lap forty three and would come back out in ninth.
Felipe would take on a set of ultra soft tyres for the run to the flag.
Felipe had been forced to pit due to slow puncture. Lap forty five and
Bottas had been able to open the gap to 2.0 seconds. But Vettel was still
pushing as for Williams Felipe was ninth and Lance in eleventh. Lap forty
seven and the gap was now 1.3 seconds between Bottas and Vettel. Raikkonen
was running third and Hamilton fourth. Vettel would set a new fastest lap of
the race and was 1.2 seconds behind Bottas. Bottas was closing in onto
Felipe to lap him. Vettel was now under a second and able to use his DRS as
the pair started their penultimate lap.
Bottas would get
past Felipe but Vettel was slightly delayed by the Williams on the last lap
of the race. Vettel would close up but Bottas was able to keep the Ferrari
behind and take victory in the 2017 Russian Grand Prix. Vettel was second
followed by Raikkonen, Hamilton, Verstappen, Perez, Ocon, Hulkenberg,
Felipe, and Sainz in tenth. Lance would finish in eleventh just outside of
the points. This was his first finish of the year. For the Williams team the
race was one that was one of what could have been with Felipe losing sixth
due to a puncture and Lance could have finished in the points had it now
been for his spin on the opening lap. The Williams team would drop further
behind the Force India team it what was turning out to be a season where
only one driver has a realistic chance of scoring points for the team.
Russian GP: Difficult race for Williams Martini
Posted by: Williams F1 (IP Logged)
Date: 30/04/2017 15:08
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