The second Friday practice session for the 2017 Spanish GP would see the Williams Martini team produce a mixed result with Felipe Massa finish in an encouraging 9th but team-mate Lance Stroll was well down the order in 17th. Lance would spend most of the session complaining about things ranging from lack of grip through to the temperature in his brakes. Lance would also have an off-track moment during the session. The Williams team has a lot of work to do in order to see their performance improve come Saturday.
Martini Spanish GP Friday 2nd Practice
With the start of the session there would be a delay before both Williams
Martini drivers would come out. The early runners were all on the medium
tyre with Perez quickest with a 1m:25.033. Vettel would go quickest with a
1m:24.655 but Raikkonen would go quicker with a 1m:23.143. Verstappen was
second followed by Sainz and Vettel. Vettel would move back up to second
with fifteen minutes of the session completed. Bottas would drop to the top
of the times with a 1m:23.062 while team-mate Hamilton would move up to
third with a 1m:23.619. Everyone was still on the medium as Verstappen lost
his car at Turn nine taking to the gravel trap but he was able to continue.
A lot of the drivers were complaining about the windy conditions.
Vettel would be the first out on the soft tyre. He would set a new fastest
time with a 1m:21.220. More drivers were out on the soft tyre with Bottas
going quickest with a 1m:20.892 followed by Raikkonen, Vettel, Hulkenberg,
Palmer, and Felipe for Williams. Hamilton was also on a soft tyre run going
quickest with a 1m:20.802. With forty five minutes remaining the order was
Hamilton, Bottas, Raikkonen, Vettel, Ricciardo, Hulkenberg, Palmer, Felipe,
Sainz, and Grosjean tenth. Verstappen would go fifth after his soft tyre
run. With just under thirty minutes remaining the session would be red
flagged in order to remove some debris that had come off one of the Torro
Rosso cars that was on the track at Turn nine. The session would restart
with both Williams drivers back out. With ten minutes remaining the Williams
drivers were ninth and seventeenth. All of the top five cars were on longer
runs on the soft tyre. But both Mercedes would change to the medium tyre as
the final minutes in the session counted down. The session would end with
Felipe and Lance remaining in ninth and seventeenth.
Felipe would be first out for the Williams team running on the medium tyre.
Felipe's first lap was a 1m:24.908 to be third behind Perez. This would
become sixth as others went quicker. Felipe would improve to be fourth with
a 1m:24.522. Felipe appeared to struggle getting the power down. Felipe
would drop to fifth behind Hamilton. He would pit having dropped to sixth.
Felipe had completed seven laps on his first run. Felipe would return to the
track also coming out on the soft tyre. He would move up to third with a
1m:22.015 but would drop down to fifth as others went quicker. This would
become seventh and Felipe would pit after a run of five laps. After other
runs Felipe would drop to ninth. Felipe would return to the track running on
the used soft tyres pitting briefly after a single lap. Felipe would
continue his run on the soft tyre.
With the red flag Felipe would pit having completed thirteen laps on the
soft tyre. He would return on the same set of soft tyres working on a longer
run on the option tyre. Felipe would pit having completed eighteen laps on
the soft tyre returning to a medium tyre. He would complete the session
remaining on the medium tyre.
Nearly ten minutes into the session Lance would take to the track also on
the medium tyre. Lance's first lap time was a 1m:26.756 to currently be
twelfth. Lance would also find time setting a 1m:26.084 but he would remain
twelfth. Lance would drop to fifteenth despite even setting an improved
1m:25.969. Lance was on the radio complaining about the lack of grip saying
that he just couldn't get the tyre to work. He added that it was too easy to
make a mistake and that he had just no grip. Lance would pit after nine
laps. With an hour remaining Lance was now sixteenth. Lance was also out on
the soft tyre but Lance would go off the track at Turn eight having gone
through Turn seven way too fast. He would come onto his radio saying that he
had made a mistake. Lance would continue his run dropping to eighteenth.
Lance would set a 1m:23.221 to move up to fifteenth. When he pitted after a
six lap run Lance was sixteenth. This would become seventeenth 2.4 seconds
off the quickest time. Lance's next run would see him back out on a used set
of the medium tyres. With the red flag Lance would pit and with the restart
would come back out on a new set of medium tyres. Lance would complain about
losing temperature in his brakes. Lance would pit from his long run as the
session came to an end.
Spanish GP: Mixed FP2 for Williams Martini
Posted by: Williams F1 (IP Logged)
Date: 12/05/2017 14:02
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