Hungarian GP: Williams Martini fails to improve in FP2

By Andrew Hooper
July 28 2017

The second Friday practice session for the 2017 Hungarian GP would see the Williams Martini team fail to show any real sign of improvement in the session. The session would see Lance Stroll and Felipe Massa finish in 14th and 15th. Both drivers would finish over two seconds off the quickest time. For Felipe his session would see spins as well as having to pit with a problem with his car. If this is the pace of the FW40 for the weekend it is going to be another difficult qualifying and race for the Williams team.

 Williams Martini Hungarian GP Friday 2nd Practice

Team Summary:
With the start of the second Friday practice for the 2017 Hungarian GP the drivers would come out with the majority of the soft tyre. Raikkonen would set the first time a 1m:20.085. Vettel would go quickest with a 1m:20.057 but Bottas would go quicker with a 1m:19.591 also on the soft tyre. He would improve with a 1m:19.546 from Vettel and now Hamilton. Verstappen was fourth followed by Ricciardo and Raikkonen. Ricciardo would move up to second, 1m:19.610, but this would become third as Hamilton went quickest with a 1m:19.373. Verstappen was now second from Bottas and Ricciardo. Hamilton would set a 1m:18.779 with Ricciardo now second 0.545 behind. After there first series of laps the Williams drivers were eleventh and fifteenth. The track was quite with only a few cars as drivers completed their runs on the soft tyre.

Raikkonen was first out on the super soft tyre. Bottas would join him with Raikkonen going second with a 1m:18.890. Vettel would go quickest with a 1m:18.638 with Hamilton now second from Raikkonen. But Raikkonen would move up to second 0.117 behind his team-mate. Bottas would move up to second while on the super soft tyre Hulkenberg would move up to seventh. Raikkonen would stop out on the track saying he had no throttle but he was able to recover and return to the pits. Ricciardo would go quickest with a 1m:18.455. After their super soft tyre runs the Williams drivers were fourteenth and fifteenth, with both drivers well over two seconds off the quickest pace. The session would be red flagged when Wehrlein would crash at Turn eleven.

The session would get underway with just under thirty minutes remaining. The teams would start their race simulations in the last third of the session. The track was very busy with both Williams cars running on the soft tyre. The session would again be red flagged with Palmer coming into the final corner and the back end would step out seeing him go off damaging the right rear of his car. The session would restart with twelve minutes remaining. More drivers were switching to the soft tyre for their final runs. As the session drew to a close the Williams drivers were in fourteenth and fifteenth. With the end of the session it was Ricciardo still quickest followed by Vettel, Bottas, Raikkonen, Hamilton, Verstappen, Hulkenberg, Alonso, Sainz and Vandoorne tenth. For the Williams team it was a session that saw no improvement with both drivers well off the pace. If this is the pace of the FW40 for the weekend it is going to be another difficult qualifying and race for the Williams team.

Felipe Massa:
Felipe would take to the track running on the soft tyre. Felipe would set a 1m:21.793 to be ninth, dropping to tenth. Felipe would improve with a 1m:21.226 but remained tenth. Felipe would pit after nine laps on the soft tyre having improved with a 1m:20.869 currently eleventh. With just under an hour remaining Felipe would return running on the super soft tyre. Despite been on the super soft tyre Felipe would not improve with a replay showing Massa losing the rear mid-corner at Turn 5 and unable to gather it up. He would continue without damage while he dropped to fourteenth. Felipe would say that losing the rear of the car was very easy as he spun for the second time. Felipe would pit having completed a five lap run. He would ask the team to check his car as its troublesome handling continued. Felipe would join Lance also on used soft tyres. But Felipe would pit after only a handful of laps. But he would quickly return to the track continuing his soft tyre run. He would pit having put seventeen laps on the soft tyres having told his engineer that he had a problem. Felipe would end his session in his pit.

Lance Stroll:
Lance was also out on the track also on the soft tyre. Lance would set a 1m:22.315 to be thirteenth dropping to fourteenth. Lance would improve with a 1m:21.466 improving to twelfth but he would drop to thirteenth. After a seven lap run Lance would pit currently fifteenth. Lance had run wide at Turn four avoiding any damage on the kerbs. Lance would also come back out running on the super soft tyre. Lance would set a 1m:20.791 to be thirteenth. He would drop to fourteenth complaining of too much oversteer. He would also pit after eight laps on the super soft tyre. With the restart Lance was back out on used soft tyres. Lance would switch to used super soft tyres for another run after the restart. Lance would continue to put laps on the super soft tyre as the session ended.

Massa spin
Pos Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m18.455s - 32
2 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m18.638s 0.183s 28
3 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1m18.656s 0.201s 33
4 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m18.755s 0.300s 28
5 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m18.779s 0.324s 31
6 Max Verstappen Red Bull/Renault 1m18.951s 0.496s 25
7 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1m19.714s 1.259s 33
8 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 1m19.815s 1.360s 31
9 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Renault 1m19.834s 1.379s 35
10 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren/Honda 1m19.909s 1.454s 18
11 Esteban Ocon Force India/Mercedes 1m20.126s 1.671s 34
12 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m20.266s 1.811s 33
13 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso/Renault 1m20.577s 2.122s 37
14 Lance Stroll Williams/Mercedes 1m20.791s 2.336s 31
15 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m20.869s 2.414s 22
16 Jolyon Palmer Renault 1m21.175s 2.720s 12
17 Kevin Magnussen Haas/Ferrari 1m21.345s 2.890s 11
18 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 1m21.504s 3.049s 25
19 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1m21.559s 3.104s 31
20 Pascal Wehrlein Sauber/Ferrari 1m21.722s 3.267s 16

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Hungarian GP: Williams Martini fails to improve in FP2
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Date: 28/07/2017 14:33

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