The Saturday practice would get underway with both Williams drivers coming
out early and would be the first to set times. Leclerc would set the first
representative time with a 1m:34.104. Vettel would move ahead with a
1m:33.222 with both Ferrari's on the soft tyre. Ricciardo was third running
on the medium tyre. With forty minutes remaining more drivers would start to
come out. Bottas was now second but Hamilton would move ahead with both on
the medium tyre. Ricciardo and Hulkenberg were now 5th and 6th. The Williams
drivers were slowest of the times set so far, which is not a surprise.
Thirty minutes remaining and the order was Vettel, Hamilton, Bottas,
Leclerc, Albon, Kvyat, Perez, Ricciardo, Stroll and Hulkenberg tenth.
Verstappen would move into 5th. With twenty minutes remaining there was just
Norris on the track. But both Williams drivers would return again on the
soft tyre. They would improve their times but not surprisingly remained
slowest. Other drivers were on soft tyre runs and Bottas would go quickest
with a 1m:32.830 followed by Vettel and Leclerc. Hamilton would only manage
fourth but the session would be red flagged after a massive crash with
Albon. He would run wide at the final corner and would try to capture the
slide but would end up going into the barrier.
The session would not be restarted so the order was Bottas, Vettel, Leclerc,
Hamilton, Hulkenberg, Raikkonen, Verstappen, Sainz, Albon, and Kvyat tenth.
The Williams drivers would finish slowest. These races and practice sessions
are more like test sessions for the Williams team as they struggle to get on
top of their issues.
Robert would be first out in the Saturday practice session running on the
soft tyre. He would be the first to set a time with a 1m:37.220. Robert
would pit after a five lap run. Robert would return for another soft tyre
run and would set a 1m:36.176 which was an improvement but he was still
slowest. He would pit after a four lap run. But he would join his team-mate
back out for a further run on new soft tyres. But a red flag would see him
having to pit ending his session.
George would follow out his team-mate also on the soft tyre. George would
move ahead of Robert with a 1m:36.630. George would pit after a four lap
run. The team would be seen changing the floor on his car. It was not new
one but it is a different design. George would also come out running on the
soft tyre and would set a 1m:36.124. He would remain just ahead of his
team-mate. George would pit but would return on a new set of soft tyres but
would also be affected by the red flag.