The final practice session for the Williams Martini team would again see neither driver make it into the top ten. Felipe would be in 11th while team-mate Lance Stroll was well down the order in 17th. Lance was a massive 1.2 seconds off Felipe's time as he continued to make basic mistakes. If he had not have run wide on his simulation lap he would have finished much higher. For Fellipe his time was the smallest fraction outside a top ten time so the final period of qualifying is a possibility.
Martini Abu Dhabi GP Saturday Practice
The final practice session for the 2017 Abu Dhabi GP would see the sun
shining with a rush of drivers coming out. Both Ferrari's were on the ultra
soft tyre but the others were on the soft tyre. Drivers would quickly pit
after their installation laps but Vandoorne would set a time of 1m:41.103
running on used ultra soft tyres. Given the time of the day it was not
expected to see a lot of running as qualifying and the race would be under
lights. Vettel and Raikkonen were out on the ultra soft tyre with under
fifty minutes remaining. A 1m:38.999 from Raikkonen as both Mercedes cars
came out on new ultra soft tyres. Vettel was now second with a 1m:39.152.
Bottas was now third with a 1m:39.205 but this would become fourth as
Hamilton went quickest with a 1m:38.702. Both Williams drivers were out of
their cars so it was not looking like they would run a lot in the session.
Bottas would go to the top of the times with a 1m:38.637 followed by
Hamilton and Raikkonen. But Hamilton would improve with a 1m:38.159 to again
be quickest. Perez and Ocon were now sixth and seventh with everyone now on
the ultra soft tyres. Raikkonen and Vettel were now third and fourth with
Alonso fifth. Ricciardo would move up to fifth followed by Verstappen,
Alonso, Sainz, Perez and Ocon tenth. With just over half an hour remaining
both Williams cars would take to the track. They would finish in tenth and
At the front Raikkonen would go quickest with a 1m:38.157 to be just 0.002
ahead of Hamilton. Vettel was now third followed by Bottas in fourth. Alonso
had improved to be sixth followed by Verstappen and Hulkenberg. Drivers were
starting to come out on new ultra soft tyres with just over fifteen minutes
remaining and it would be Hamilton who would go quickest with a 1m:37.627 on
what was his qualifying simulation run. Bottas would also move ahead with a
1m:37.900 to be second. Verstappen would move up to fifth behind the
Ferrari's. ten minutes remaining and the Williams drivers were now tenth and
seventeenth. Both would come out on their qualifying simulations. After
their runs they were in eleventh and seventeenth.
The session would end with the top ten Hamilton, Bottas, Raikkonen, Vettel,
Ricciardo, Verstappen, Alonso, Vandoorne, Sainz and Perez in tenth. For the
Williams team this session was very much a repeat of Friday with Felipe well
ahead of Lance but once again both cars were outside the top ten. Qualifying
is going to be difficult for the Williams drivers in particular for Lance he
is really going to have to complete a lap without mistakes in order to get
past the opening period.
Felipe would also come out on the soft tyre pitting after a one lap run.
Felipe would join his team-mate back out on the track except he was on new
ultra soft tyres. Felipe would follow his team-mate in setting a very slow
lap time of 2m:10.535. Felipe would set a 1m:39.949 to move up to eighth. He
would drop to tenth behind Alonso. Felipe would improve with a 1m:39.446 to
move up into ninth. Felipe would join Lance in the pits. With seven minutes
remaining and Felipe was out on new ultra soft tyres. The opening sectors of
the lap would see an improvement but the final part of the lap would fail to
see make any big improvement setting a 1m:39.383 to be eleventh. He would
end the session in this place.
Lance would be out quickly onto the track running on new soft tyres. Lance
would pit after a two lap run but would not set a time. lance would return
with just over half an hour remaining running on used ultra soft tyres.
Lance's time was a very slow 2m:21.935. His next lap was a 1m:42.717 to be
twentieth. He would improve with a 1m:40.917 to now be sixteenth. Lance
would pit after a five lap run. He would return quickly to the track still
on the used ultra soft tyres. He would pit again currently in seventeenth.
Lance had dropped to twentieth and was also out on new ultra soft tyres.
Lance was on a quicker lap but would abort his lap. Lance had locked up on
his lap but his next would see him set a 1m:40.572 to be seventeenth. Lance
was 1.2 seconds off Felipe's pace as he apologised for his mistake that saw
him run wide ruining his flying lap.
Abu Dhabi GP: Mixed FP3 for Williams Martini
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Date: 25/11/2017 11:01
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