Japanese GP: Disappointing FP1 for Williams Martini


By Andrew Hooper
October 6 2017

The opening Friday practice session for the 2017 Japanese GP would be another disappointing one for the Williams Martini team. Both drivers would finish well down the times with Lance Stroll in 14th and Felipe Massa 16th. Not a great start to the weekend and it is looking very similar to Malaysia. But on their initial performance it is again looking to be another difficult Grand Prix for the Williams team.

 
 Williams Martini Japanese GP Friday 1st Practice
 
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Team Summary:
With the start of the opening Friday practice session for the 2017 Japanese Grand Prix there would be a mix of tyres been used as drivers completed their installation laps. Both Williams drivers would use the soft tyre for this run. Hamilton would set a 1m:31.544 with Bottas second followed by Ricciardo and Verstappen. Both Red Bull cars were on the super soft tyre as drivers aimed to get as much track time in case it started to rain. Verstappen would move up to second with a 1m:31.435 while Hamilton improved with a 1m:31.072. Bottas would go quickest with a 1m:30.517 to be 0.5 ahead of Hamilton. But Hamilton would improve with a 1m:30.042 to again move to the top of the times.

Vettel was now third behind Bottas. The top three times were all set on the soft tyre while in fourth and fifth Verstappen and Ricciardo were on the super soft tyre. On the soft tyre Raikkonen would move up to third ahead of Vettel. After their first series of laps the Williams drivers were eleventh and sixteenth. The top ten was Hamilton, Bottas, Raikkonen, Vettel, Verstappen, Ricciardo, Ocon, Hulkenberg, Vandoorne, and Perez. At the front Ricciardo would go quickest with a 1m:29.541 using a new set of super soft tyres. Both Williams drivers would continue to improve with the pair now tenth and fourteenth with an hour remaining with both drivers on long runs on the soft tyre. Alonso had moved into seventh as both Mercedes cars came out on the super soft tyre. Bottas would improved but remained third while Hamilton would set a 1m:29.377 to be quickest but only by 0.164.

On the soft tyre Vettel would move up to second with a 1m:29.419 to be 0.042 behind Hamilton. But the session would be red flagged as Sainz would crash his car at the exit of the hairpin. This would see both Williams drivers having to pit not been able to set times on the super soft tyre. Sainz would spin across the track going head on into the barriers. This would see a lot of debris across the track. The order was Hamilton, Vettel, Ricciardo, Raikkonen, Bottas, Verstappen, Hulkenberg, Vandoorne, Alonso and Magnussen in tenth. With the restart of the session light rain would start to fall. The track was very busy with the only driver not to come out was Magnussen. Vettel would go quickest in the first sector running on the super soft tyre. He would finish his lap going fastest with a 1m:29.166 with Hamilton second and Ricciardo third. After their super soft tyre runs the Williams drivers were well down the order in fourteenth and sixteenth.

The rain would start to increase seeing the track empty quite quickly as there was only a few minutes remaining. Vettel was still quickest followed by Hamilton, Ricciardo, Raikkonen, Bottas, Verstappen, Ocon, Hulkenberg, Grosjean and Vandoorne tenth. For Williams Lance would finish ahead of Felipe with the pair fourteenth and sixteenth. Not a great start to the weekend and very similar to Malaysia. But on their initial performance it is again looking to be another difficult Grand Prix for the Williams team.

Felipe Massa:
Felipe would be first out for Williams for his installation run coming out on the soft tyre. After a short stop Felipe would return again coming out on a new set of soft tyres. Felipe would set a 1m:32.878 to be tenth behind Vandoorne. Felipe would improve with a 1m:32.301. His next timed lap was a 1m:32.224 but he was now eleventh. A 1m:31.920 would see Felipe now tenth. Felipe would pit currently eleventh after an eleven lap run on the soft tyre. He would drop to twelfth behind Hulkenberg. With forty minutes remaining Felipe was back out on the super soft tyre currently fourteenth. Felipe would have to pit with a red flag. Felipe would follow his team-mate out also on the super soft tyre. Felipe had been on a quicker lap but would come on the radio saying that he had gone off the track slightly ruining his lap. He was now sixteenth behind his team-mate and would pit. After a quick stop Felipe would return but would pit as the rain started to fall ending his session.

Lance Stroll:
Lance would also complete his installation lap also using the soft tyre. Lance would follow his team-mate out also on a new set of soft tyres. Lance would set a 1m:34.045 to be fifteenth but it should be remembered that this was his first time at the Suzuka track. Lance would set a 1m:33.301 to be sixteenth. A 1m:32.811 saw him now fifteenth but he was on the radio saying that the rears were starting to go away. But Lance would again improve with a 1m:32.426 to be fourteenth. Lance would also pit briefly currently sixteenth. Lance would also come out for his super soft tyre run currently seventeenth. Lance was also forced to pit with a red flag. As the circuit went green Lance was back out on the super soft tyre. He would improve with a 1m:31.889 to be fifteenth. Lance would complain of a lot of bouncing of the rear of his car. Lance would also pit briefly also coming back out. He would also pit with the rain falling ending his session.

 
Massa
 
Pos Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m29.166s - 23
2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m29.377s 0.211s 29
3 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull-Renault 1m29.541s 0.375s 27
4 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m29.638s 0.472s 22
5 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1m30.151s 0.985s 30
6 Max Verstappen Red Bull-Renault 1m30.762s 1.596s 26
7 Esteban Ocon Force India-Mercedes 1m30.899s 1.733s 22
8 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1m30.974s 1.808s 24
9 Romain Grosjean Haas-Ferrari 1m31.032s 1.866s 22
10 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren-Honda 1m31.202s 2.036s 24
11 Kevin Magnussen Haas-Ferrari 1m31.216s 2.050s 15
12 Fernando Alonso McLaren-Honda 1m31.235s 2.069s 19
13 Sergio Perez Force India-Mercedes 1m31.530s 2.364s 23
14 Lance Stroll Williams-Mercedes 1m31.602s 2.436s 22
15 Jolyon Palmer Renault 1m31.757s 2.591s 22
16 Felipe Massa Williams-Mercedes 1m31.912s 2.746s 20
17 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso-Renault 1m32.252s 3.086s 14
18 Pierre Gasly Toro Rosso-Renault 1m32.501s 3.335s 18
19 Pascal Wehrlein Sauber-Ferrari 1m32.897s 3.731s 29
20 Marcus Ericsson Sauber-Ferrari 1m33.397s 4.231s 28
 
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Japanese GP: Disappointing FP1 for Williams Martini
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Date: 06/10/2017 03:31

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