The opening Friday practice session for the 2017 Belgian GP would be a frustrating one for the Williams Martini team. It would commence badly with Felipe Massa crashing his car before having even set a time. Such was the damage to his car that it was not looking very promising that he would be able to run in the second Friday session. For team-mate Lance Stroll his session would only have one moment when very late in the session he would complain on his radio that there was something moving in the cars peddle box. Apart from that Lance would focus on super soft tyre runs but would only manage fifteenth.
Martini Belgian GP Friday 1st Practice
With several cars running the halo device the session would get underway
with Vandoorne coming out first. The track was go empty as all the drivers
completed their installation laps. Fifteen minutes into the session and Econ
would set a 1m:48.962 but the session would be stopped when Felipe would
crash at Le Combes going into the barrier. The session would be stopped as a
result allowing the marshals to recover the damaged Williams. The session
would restart with just over an hour remaining. There would be a rush of
drivers coming out to make up for lost time. Raikkonen would go quickest
with a 1m:47.902 followed by Perez and Ocon.
But Ricciardo would go quickest with a 1m:47.668 followed by Raikkonen and
now Vettel. Times would continue to come down with Hamilton fastest with a
1m:47.410. Verstappen was now third with the Red Bull cars on the ultra soft
tyre and Hamilton the super soft tyre. Ricciardo would improve to go
quickest with a 1m:46.838 with Raikkonen second and Bottas now third.
Verstappen was fourth followed by Hamilton and Vettel. Hamilton would return
to the top of the times with a 1m:46.439. With thirty six minutes remaining
the track was empty. Thirty minutes remaining and drivers were returning to
Ricciardo would set a 1m:46.551 but would remain second. On the soft tyre
Bottas would go quickest with a 1m:46.424. Hamilton was also out on the soft
tyre but would fail to improve remaining second. Bottas would go off the
track trying to keep out of the way of drivers behind. He was able to
continue returning to his pit with some minor damage. Hamilton's next lap
would see him go fastest with a 1m:45.555 with Ricciardo now second,
1m:46.352. Verstappen would move up to second with a 1m:46.302. Vettel was
ninth but on a quicker lap and would set a 1m:45.647 but was on the ultra
soft tyre. Of the top ten only Hamilton, Bottas, and Ocon were on the soft
tyre. Verstappen would move ahead of Ricciardo to be fourth. Raikkonen would
go quickest with a 1m:45.502 running on the ultra soft tyre.
With the end of the session the top ten was Raikkonen, Hamilton, Vettel,
Verstappen, Ricciardo, Bottas, Sainz, Ocon, Kvyat, and Vandoorne tenth. For
Williams lance would finish in fifteenth in a frustrating session what with
Felipe's crash. Hopefully the team will be able to fix Felipe's car prior to
the next session but it was not looking very promising.
Prior to the start of Friday practice Felipe would be given the all clear to
compete having recovered from his recent illness. Felipe would take to the
track running on the super soft tyre. He would pit after a single
installation lap. With fifteen minutes of the session completed Felipe would
return to the track still on the super soft tyre. But for Felipe his session
would end when he would go off the track at Le Combes after hitting the kerb
going across the track and into the gravel and then the barrier. This would
do extensive damage to the left of Felipe's car. Felipe would make a visit
to the medical centre for a check-up. Felipe would report that he just lost
the rear end of the car and that he was fine after the accident. Later in
the session it was see that Williams mechanics would bring in a new chassis
meaning a huge amount of work for the Williams team. The Williams team would
confirm this saying it would be difficult to see Felipe make the second
Lance would join his team-mate out on the track but was on the soft tyre.
Lance would also only complete a single installation lap. Lance would also
return for his first run this time on the super soft tyre. With the restart
Lance would return to the track and his first timed lap would be a 1m:51.912
to be fourth. Lance would quickly drop to fourteenth but would improve with
a 1m:50.738 to be thirteenth. He would drop to fifteenth having completed
five laps. Lance would continue to improve setting a 1m:49.654 to be twelfth
dropping to thirteenth. A further improvement from Lance would see him set a
1m:49.172 to be eleventh. Lance would pit after an eleven lap run.
Lance would return to the track in the last half hour running again on the
super soft tyre and would improve with a 1m:48.931 but this was only good
enough to see him sixteenth. A 1m:48.551 would see Lance now fourteenth
dropping to fifteenth. Lance would complete a front wing change during his
run as his session drew to a close. Lance would pit having come on his radio
saying that something had broken in the peddle box and that was something
Belgian GP: Frustrating FP1 for Williams Martini
Posted by: Williams F1 (IP Logged)
Date: 25/08/2017 10:56
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