With cars coming out for their installation laps there was a mix of tyres
been used with all three tyre types been run; that of soft, ultrasoft and
hypersoft. With ten minutes completed the track was now empty. With twenty
minutes completed no times had been set but drivers started to return. The
first quick time would come from Sainz with a 1m:42.586 running on the
ultrasoft tyre. Vettel would go quickest with a 1m:41.135 using the
hypersoft tyre. Hamilton would move ahead with a 1m:39.675 followed now by
Vettel, Sainz, Magnussen, Harley, Gasly, Grosjean and Robert. Bottas would
move into second with Raikkonen and Vettel third and fourth. But Occon would
move up to fourth while for Williams after their first runs they were 12th
and 15th. But they would drop to 15th and 17th with an hour remaining in the
Ricciardo was now second with Verstappen fourth while Hamilton had set a
1m:39.576 to be fractionally quicker. of the top ten only Sainz was on a
tyre different to the hypersoft using the ultrasoft. At the front Verstappen
would go quickest with a 1m:39.287 followed by Hamilton and Ricciardo.
Ericsson would have a spin at Turn one that would see the front nose make
contact with the barrier but he was able to continue back to the pits. With
fifty two minutes remaining the Williams drivers were 13th and 19th. With
the usual forty minutes completed the track would empty as drivers pitted to
return their set of Pirelli tyres. The top ten was Verstappen, Hamilton,
Ricciardo, Bottas, Raikkonen, Vettel, Ocon, Perez, Sainz, and Giovinazzi
Verstappen would improve with a 1m:38.491 to remain quickest. Bottas was
running on the soft tyre and was able to set a 1m:39.452 to just be behind
Verstappen. Ocon was now fifth followed by Magnussen, Raikkonen, Vettel,
Sainz and Grosjean tenth. With twenty minutes remaining both Ferrari's were
running on the soft tyre while the Williams drivers were 15th and 20th.
Ricciardo would improve to be second using the hypersoft tyre. Under ten
minutes remaining in the session and drivers were on longer runs. The
session would come to an end with Verstappen remaining fastest from
Ricciardo, Bottas, Hamilton, Ocon, Magnussen, Raikkonen, Vettel, Sainz, and
Grosjean tenth. In what was a fairly typical Friday session the Williams
drivers would finish in 15th and 20th.
Lance would head out for his installation lap running on the hypersoft tyre.
Lance would also complete two laps prior to pitting. Lance would join his
team-mate out running also on the hypersoft tyre. lance would set a
1m:42.801 to currently be ninth with just over an hour remaining. He would
drop to 12th then down to 16th. He was on an improved lap setting a
1m:42.259 to be 13th. He would pit after a seven lap run. He would drop to
14th while he was in his pit. With thirty five minutes remaining he would
return on a new set of hypersoft tyres. He had dropped to 17th now as others
went quicker. But he would set a 1m:41.493 to jump back up to 14th dropping
to 15th. Lance would pit after a seven lap run. He would return for a final
run using used hypersoft tyres.
Robert would be first out for the Williams team running on the soft tyre for
his installation lap. Robert would pit after a two lap installation run.
Robert would replace Sergey for the opening Friday practice. Robert would
return this time on hypersoft tyres. Robert would set a 1m:43.838 to
currently be fourth. He would drop to down to 16th as others went quicker.
He had slightly improved with a 1m:43.717. But was able to set a 1m:43.051
but remained 18th. This would see him just 0.2 behind Lance but he would
drop to 19th. Robert was also able to set an improved opening two sectors
but would pit failing to improve after a nine lap run. With forty minutes
remaining Robert would return on a new set of hypersoft tyres. He was on a
better lap but would run wide after having locked up dropping to 20th. He
would improve with a 1m:42.992 but would remain last. But Robert was running
development parts on his car so his times were not that relevant. Robert
would pit after a ten lap run. Robert would return with just a handful of
minutes remaining running on the used hypersoft tyres.