In what was a continuation of their difficult season the Williams Martini team would see their drivers slowest in the seconbd Friday practice session for the 2018 Abu Dhabi GP. The results would see Lance Stroll finishing in 19th and team-mate Sergey Sirotkin slowest in 20th. Both drivers would set their quickest times using the hypersoft tyre followed then by split tyre evaluations using the soft and ultrasoft tyre. Based on these results it would appear that the rest of the weekend is going to be a very difficult on for the Williams team.
Martini Abu Dhabi GP Friday 2nd Practice
Both Williams drivers would take to the track early for the second Friday
practice session. The track would become busy as more drivers took to the
track as Raikkonen went fastest with a 1m:40.224 followed by Vettel and
Grosjean all on the soft tyre. Magnussen was now third but the order would
quickly change as Bottas went fastest with a 1m:38.600 using the ultrasoft
tyre. Hamilton was second using the soft tyre while the Williams drivers
were now ninth and 15th. Raikkonen was third followed by Vettel, Ocon,
Hulkenberg, Magnussen, Sainz, Lance and Ericsson tenth. Verstappen would
split the Mercedes going second with team-mate Ricciardo now in fourth.
Raikkonen was fifth followed by Vettel, Gasly, Leclerc, Sainz and Hulkenberg
Verstappen would have to pit after having beached his car on the kerb at
Turn 20 running along it possibly damaging his floor. The Williams drivers
were 14th and 20th been the only ones to use the hypersoft tyre. On the
ultrasoft tyre Ricciardo would go quickest with a 1m:38.582. With just over
an hour remaining the track was empty with only the Ferrari's running. On
the hypersoft tyre Raikkonen would go quickest with a 1m:37.461. team-mate
Vettel would set a 1m:37.569 to now be second. Grosjean would move up to
third also using the hypersoft. Hulkenberg and Sainz were now fourth and
fifth also using the hypersoft.
But Hamilton and Bottas would complete their hypersoft tyre runs to see
Bottas quickest with a 1m:37.236 followed by Hamilton and Raikkonen.
Verstappen would move into second ahead of Hamilton. Ricciardo was now in
sixth with the top ten all having set their times on the hypersoft tyre. On
another lap Ricciardo would move up to third. With all the quick laps
completed drivers were now on longer runs on different tyre types. The
Williams drivers were still 18th and 20th and would now on split tyre
evaluations with one driver on the ultrasoft and the other the soft with
just over twenty minutes remaining. Bottas was still quickest followed by
Verstappen, Ricciardo, Hamilton, Raikkonen, Vettel, Grosjean, Hulkenberg,
Magnussen, and Ocon tenth. Drivers were now doing runs on the soft and
ultrasoft tyre with six minutes remaining. As the session drew to a close
the Williams drivers were now 19th and 20th and slowest. With the end of the
session the order would remain the same while for Williams their finishing
positions were not unsurprising. Another difficult Friday for the Williams
Lance would head out first in the session running on new hypersoft tyres.
Lance would set a 1m:41.081 on his first timed lap. He was quickest but
would drop down the order to be fifth. He would improve with a 1m:40.561 to
be fourth with ten minutes of the session completed. He would drop to sixth.
Despite having improved with a 1m:40.248 Lance was now tenth. Lance would
pit after a seven lap run currently 11th. This would become 14th with ten
minutes of the session completed. With fifty minutes remaining Lance would
return again on the hypersoft tyre currently 17th. Lance would set a
1m:40.145 but was now 18th. A 1m:40.046 and Lance would remain 18th. Lance
would pit after a seven lap run. Lance would also return also on used
supersoft tyres. But he would pit again switching to the ultrasoft tyre for
his next run. As the session came to close Lance would drop to 19th and
would finish with a long run on the ultrasoft tyre.
Having missed the first session Sergey would be out early for the second
running on hypersoft tyres. Sergey would set a 1m:43.271 to be second
dropping to third. he would drop to ninth. He would improve with a 1m:41.832
but had now dropped to 12th. Sergey would find time but even with a
1m:41.156 was now 17th. This would become 20th and Sergey would pit after a
nine lap run. After a short break Sergey would return again on new hypersoft
tyres. He was on an improved lap going quicker in the first two sectors but
a 1m:40.935 would see him remain 20th. He would continue to lap the circuit
and would pit after a seven lap run. Sergey would return using the used
supersoft tyres for his next run. But Sergey would pit switching to the soft
tyre for his next run. Sergey would also complete his long run on the soft
tyre as the session ended.
Abu Dhabi GP: FP2 sees Williams Martini slowest
Posted by: Williams F1 (IP Logged)
Date: 23/11/2018 14:21
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