Malaysian GP: Williams Martini outside top ten in FP2
By Andrew Hooper September 29 2017
For the Williams Martini team the second Friday pracyice session for the 2017 Malaysian GP would see both cars finishing outside the top ten with Felipe Massa 12th and Lance Stroll 14th. At least both drivers were able to get through the session without any issues with only Lance having a lockup that saw him pit with a flat spot. Both acrs were well off the pace but at least they were matching if not leading their Championship rivals.
Martini Malaysian GP Friday 2nd Practice
In an opening Friday practice session for the 2017 Malaysian Grand Prix that
was affected by rain the Williams team would see one of their drivers finish
eighth but the other failed to set a time due to a technical issue. The
second Friday session would start with a dry track with a mix of medium,
soft, and super soft tyres in use. The drivers would quickly set times with
Raikkonen going fastest with a 1m:33.486 running on the soft tyre. Vettel
was second followed by Perez and Grosjean. Bottas was now third followed by
the Williams of Felipe. Verstappen would set a 1m:32.739 to go quickest.
Ricciardo was now fourth while for Williams their drivers were now in sixth
and ninth but were on the softer super soft tyre.
At the front Vettel would go quickest with a 1m:32.566 followed by
Verstappen and Raikkonen. Well into their run on the supers soft tyre both
Williams drivers were able to improve with Felipe seventh and Lance eighth.
Hamilton and Bottas were fifth and sixth but both had off track moments
seeing both having to pit. Both Red Bulls were on the super soft tyre with
Ricciardo going quickest with a 1m:32.099 with Vettel second and Verstappen
third. Vettel had improved with a 1m:32.456 as he completed a longer run of
the soft tyre. Both Ferrari's were also out on the super soft tyre with
Vettel going quickest with a 1m:31.261 to push Raikkonen down into second.
For Williams their drivers were in tenth and twelfth with forty five minutes
With forty minutes remaining the order was Vettel, Raikkonen, Ricciardo,
Verstappen, Hamilton, Bottas, Hulkenberg, Ocon, Palmer, Felipe, Alonso,
Vandoorne and Lance thirteenth. But Alonso would move up to fifth behind
Verstappen. The final driver to complete their super soft tyre run was
Perez. He would finish in eighth. This would see the Williams drivers now
twelfth and fourteenth with both cars in the pits. Drivers were now coming
back out for their race fuel runs. Verstappen was able to improve to be
close to his team-mate but still in fourth. The session would be red flagged
with Grosjean crashing with what looked like a right rear tyre failure when
the Hass went over a drain cover that had been flipped up by cars running
before the Hass. With the FIA looking at the area where the drain cover had
come off it was announced that the session would not recommence.
For the Williams team both cars would finish outside the top ten with Felipe
twelfth and Lance fourteenth. At least both drivers were able to get through
the session without any issues with only Lance having a lockup that saw him
Felipe would be the first Williams driver to take to the track running on
the super soft tyre with his car repaired. Felipe would set a 1m:34.631 to
be fourth. Felipe would drop to fifth then seventh. Felipe would improve
with a 1m:33.893 to move up into sixth. Ocon would move ahead seeing Felipe
seventh. Felipe would continue to improve setting a 1m:33.807 remaining in
seventh. After a nine lap run Felipe would pit. Having drop to ninth Felipe
would return running on a new set of super soft tyres. Felipe would set a
1m:33.394 to now be eighth 1.2 seconds off the quickest time. He would drop
to tenth now 2.1 seconds off the pace. Felipe would continue his run on the
super soft tyre. Felipe would also pit after a six lap run. After a short
stop Felipe would return running on the used super soft tyres but he would
pit. Felipe had been behind Grosjean when he went off and was lucky not to
hit any debris.
Lance would join his team-mate out on the track also using the super soft
tyre. Lance would set a 1m:35.062 to be seventh dropping to eighth. As
others went quicker Lance would drop to twelfth but he would also improve to
be ninth with a 1m:34.217. Lance would drop down the times to be eleventh
with fifteen minutes of the session completed. Lance would also find time
setting a 1m:33.818 to be eighth right behind his team-mate. Lance would
also pit after ten laps on the super soft tyre. Prior to pitting he would
have a small off track moment running wide. Lance was now twelfth and would
return for another run on new super soft tyres. Lance would have a lockup at
the final corner flat spotting his front tyre seeing him pit. In his pit he
would drop to fourteenth. Lance would also return on the used super soft
tyres for his longer runs. But he would pit after a single lap but would
return. He would pit with the red flag.
Malaysian GP: Williams Martini outside top ten in FP2
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Date: 29/09/2017 08:48
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