Spanish GP: Little change for Williams Martini in FP3
By Andrew Hooper
May 13 2017
The final practice session for the 2017 Spanish GP would see little in the way of any change for the Williams Martini team. Felipe Massa would finish in the top ten in 8th while team-mate Lance Strool continued to struggle finishing in 17th. After their soft tyre runs the pair wer 5th and 6th but such as the gap to the quickest time for Lance he would quickly drop down the order. Once again qualifying is going to be difficult for the young Canadian.
Martini Spanish GP Saturday Practice
Both Williams drivers would complete their installation lap on the hard
tyre. The first time running on the medium tyre was from Ocon with a
1m:24.944. He would be followed by Vandoorne and Perez also on the medium
tyre. Bottas was stuck in his pit having had an issue with the electrics on
his car followed by a water leak. Both Ferrari's were out on the medium tyre
as Raikkonen went quickest with a 1m:22.494 while Ocon had improved with a
1m:24.784. Vettel was now second with a 1m:23.406. Raikkonen would lower his
quickest time with a 1m:22.409 with Kvyat was now third. Sainz was now third
followed by Kvyat and Felipe. After their first runs Felipe and Lance were
fifth and ninth.
Hamilton had gone second after having gone quickest in the middle sector
running on the medium tyre. Verstappen would move up to third ahead of
Vettel, Sainz, Ricciardo, Lance, Grosjean, Kvyat, and Magnussen in tenth.
Raikkonen would be the first of the front runners to take to the track on
new soft tyres. Vettel would join him as Raikkonen started his flying lap.
He would finish with a 1m:20.214 to be 2.5 seconds ahead of Hamilton. Vettel
would set a 1m:20.456 to be second ahead of Hamilton. Verstappen and
Ricciardo were fourth and fifth ahead of Sainz. Hamilton was now out on the
soft tyre and would set a 1m:20.595 remaining third.
Hulkenberg would move up to fourth after his soft tyre run. After their soft
tyre runs the Williams drivers would currently be fifth and ninth with seven
minutes remaining. Bottas was now out on the track as Sainz went sixth.
Bottas was now up in fourth after his flying lap to be behind Hamilton.
Verstappen was now fifth and Ricciardo sixth. With the end of the session
the Williams drivers were eighth and seventeenth. The top ten was Raikkonen,
Vettel, Hamilton, Bottas, Verstappen, Ricciardo, Hulkenberg, Felipe, Sainz
and Alonso tenth. Qualifying for Felipe should see him through into the
final period but it is going to be difficult for Lance to get past the
Felipe would follow his team-mate out onto the track also on the hard tyre.
Felipe would return to the track running on new medium tyres. Felipe's first
lap was a 1m:24.721 to be fourth, dropping to sixth. Felipe would drop to
ninth as others went quicker. Felipe would continue his run on the medium
tyre currently in twelfth with twenty eight minutes remaining. Felipe would
pit now fourteenth. With twenty minutes remaining Felipe was now fifteenth.
Felipe would join Lance out for his soft tyre run. His flying lap would see
him set a 1m:21.746 to be fifth. Felipe had a lockup and a slightly wide
moment on that flying lap lap. Felipe would pit briefly after a six lap run.
In the pits he would drop to eighth.
Lance would be first out for his installation lap running on the hard tyre
for most likely the last time. Lance would return for his first run using
used soft tyres. Lance's first lap was a 1m:24.982 to be ninth but his next
lap was a 1m:23.885 moving up to fifth. Lance continued to push on the soft
tyre setting a 1m:23.875 but remaining fifth. Lance would tell his engineer
that the grip was pretty consistent. Lance would drop to seventh currently
eleven laps into his run on the soft tyre. Lance would also pit with his
soft tyres having completed sixteen laps. Fifteen minutes remaining and
Lance would come out running on new soft tyres. Lance would set a 1m:22.574
to now be sixth but his time was 2.3 seconds slower than the quickest time.
Lance would set personal bests in the first two sectors but would not
improve his time in the final one remaining sixth. But he would drop to
twelfth as others went quicker. As others completed their soft tyre runs
Lance would continue to drop down the order been seventeenth.