Hungarian GP: Williams Martini outside top ten in FP1

By Andrew Hooper
July 28 2017

The opening Friday practice ession for the 2017 Hunmgarian GP would not be an overly encouraging start to the weekend for the Williams Martini team. Team drivers would finish in 11th and 15th with Felipe Massa heading team-mate Lance Stroll. The session would see both drivers over two seconds behind the quickest times set in the session. During the session the team would run with a different T wing.

 Williams Martini Hungarian GP Friday 1st Practice

Team Summary:
The Williams Martini team would come to Hungary with a few new parts for their car as they got ready for the first Friday practice for the 2017 Hungarian GP. The first time would come from Ricciardo with a 1m:22.421. Both Williams drivers would complete their installation laps. Ricciardo would set a 1m:21.469 with the track quite empty. Ricciardo was on the soft tyre as he improved with a 1m:21.212 prior to pitting. The track would go quite with ten minutes completed. Last years pole time was a 1m:19.965 with things looking like that this time would be quickly passed. With twenty minutes complete drivers started to return to the track. Bottas would go quickest with a 1m:20.912 on the super soft from Ricciardo and Lance.

Raikkonen would go quickest but Vettel would move ahead with a 1m:20.345 also on the super soft tyre. Raikkonen would improve to move ahead with a 1m:20.078. After their initial runs the Williams drivers were fifth and sixth but they would drop down the times. Bottas was again quickest with a 1m:20.053. Several drivers would have moments with Grosjean spinning and Vettel running wide. Hamilton was now second behind Bottas. The session would be red flagged with an accident with Giovinazzi crashing his Hass at Turn eleven. He would suffer extensive damage to the car. The session resumed with Bottas quickest from Hamilton, Raikkonen, Verstappen, Vettel, Ricciardo, Alonso, Felipe, Vandoorne and Hulkenberg tenth.

Ricciardo continued on the soft and would improve to be third. The track was again empty with forty five minutes remaining. Both Mercedes cars would return to the track. Bottas was able to improve setting a 1m:19.248 to remain quickest from Hamilton by 0.409. Hamilton would close the gap to Bottas with a 1m:19.376. He would improve with a 1m:19.095 to go quickest from Bottas. This was half a second quicker than last years pole time. Thirty minutes remaining an the order was Hamilton, Bottas, Ricciardo, Raikkonen, Hulkenberg, Verstappen, Vettel, Alonso, Felipe, and Vandoorne tenth.

On the super soft tyre Ricciardo would move up to second with a 1m:19.138 while Verstappen was fourth. Ricciardo would go quickest with a 1m:18.852 to be ahead of Hamilton by 0.372. For Williams their drivers were eleventh and twelfth with twenty minutes remaining. As the session drew a close we would have Raikkonen moving up to second with a 1m:18.720 while Ricciardo would improve his quickest time with a 1m:18.486. Hamilton was now third followed by Verstappen, Bottas, Vettel, Alonso, Vandoorne, Hulkenberg and Palmer. But Palmer would be the cause of a red flag right on the close of the session as he went over the exit kern at Turn four and removed the front wing from his car. For Williams it was not an overly encouraging start to the weekend but the Williams team has never been quick starters.

Felipe Massa:
Felipe would be first out for Williams running on the medium tyre for his installation lap. Felipe would pit after a two lap run. Felipe would return for his second run this time on the super soft tyre. Felipe would set a 1m:22.197 to currently be sixth. Felipe would drop to ninth but he would improve with a 1m:21.602 but remained ninth. Felipe had set a 1m:20.904 prior to the red flag moving up to eighth. With thirty eight minutes remaining Felipe would return on a new set of super soft tyres. He was currently ninth and even though he set a 1m:20.823 would drop to tenth. A 1m:20.540 from Felipe would see him eleventh. This is where he would remain as the session finished.

Lance Stroll:
Lance would join his team-mate out also on the soft tyre. He would pit after a single lap. Lance was also back out running on the super soft tyre and he would set a 1m:23.392 to move up to second, if only briefly. Lance would drop to fifth but ahead of his team-mate. Lance had set a 1m:22.026 currently eighth. Lance would drop to eleventh with an hour remaining in the session. This would become twelfth despite setting a 1m:21.998. He was now thirteenth as the session progressed. Lance would also return on a new set of super soft tyres. Lance would complain of too much oversteer and was told that he was trying to take too much speed into Turn eleven. Lance had improved with a 1m:21.663 currently thirteenth. A 1m:21.627 and Lance was fourteenth but he would find a considerable amount of time setting a 1m:20.974 to be eleventh, right behind his team-mate. This was a good lap given he had eight laps on his tyres. This would become twelfth with twenty minutes remaining. As the session came to a close Lance would drop to fifteenth without having improved his time.

Pos Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m18.486s - 31
2 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m18.720s 0.234s 20
3 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m18.858s 0.372s 31
4 Max Verstappen Red Bull/Renault 1m19.162s 0.676s 27
5 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1m19.248s 0.762s 30
6 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m19.563s 1.077s 21
7 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 1m19.987s 1.501s 21
8 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren/Honda 1m20.005s 1.519s 24
9 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1m20.150s 1.664s 25
10 Jolyon Palmer Renault 1m20.461s 1.975s 27
11 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m20.540s 2.054s 28
12 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m20.574s 2.088s 23
13 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso/Renault 1m20.780s 2.294s 27
14 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Renault 1m20.917s 2.431s 25
15 Lance Stroll Williams/Mercedes 1m20.974s 2.488s 29
16 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 1m21.313s 2.827s 20
17 Alfonso Celis Force India/Mercedes 1m21.602s 3.116s 24
18 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1m21.785s 3.299s 31
19 Antonio Giovinazzi Haas/Ferrari 1m22.251s 3.765s 8
20 Pascal Wehrlein Sauber/Ferrari 1m22.490s 4.004s 29

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Hungarian GP: Williams Martini outside top ten in FP1
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Date: 28/07/2017 12:33

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