Austrian GP: ROKiT Williams sees little FP2 improvement
By Andrew Hooper June 28 2019
The second Friday practice session for the 2019 Austrian GP would see the ROKiT Williams team fail to achieve any real improvement with again both drivers finishing slowest after their soft tyre runs. Both drivers George Russell and Robert Kubica would also complete longer runs on the hard and medium tyre. At the end of the session George would finish a considerable margin ahead of Robert but Robert had been hampered by several rd flags during the session.
Austrian GP Friday 2nd Practice
The second Friday practice session for the 2019 Austrian Grand Prix would
see Magnussen set the first quickest time with a 1m:07.321 running on the
hard tyre, followed by Grosjean. But Albon on the soft tyre would go quicker
with a 1m:07.109. Sainz on the hard tyre would set a 1m:06.753 to be
quickest. But Grosjean would move ahead with a 1m:06.613 but set on the
medium tyre. Further drivers would improve with Norris now fastest with a
1m:06.140 running on the medium. Also on the medium Leclerc would set a
1m:05.558 to move ahead of Norris. Sainz would improve to be third followed
by Grosjean, Vettel, Raikkonen, Perez and Magnussen eighth.
Hamilton and Bottas were now second and fourth but Hamilton was on the hard
and Bottas the medium. Vettel was now second running on the hard tyre with
Hamilton now third. But again the quickest time would change with Bottas
moving ahead with a 1m:05.417. Leclerc was now second followed by Hamilton
and Vettel. Verstappen was up to fifth using the medium tyre. Drivers
started to come out for soft tyre runs including Norris and Perez. Perez
would move up to sixth while Norris was seventh. As for Williams after their
split tyre runs on the hard and medium they were a considerable margin
behind the cars in front running on the same tyre. Grosjean was now fourth
on the soft tyre.
The session would be red flagged when Verstappen went off at the last corner
with the rear of his car hitting the barrier causing extensive damage. The
rear wing and suspension was badly damaged as a result. Verstappen would say
that he just lost the rear of the car. Neither Williams was running at the
time of the accident. The top ten was currently Bottas, Hamilton, Sainz,
Leclerc, Grosjean, Vettel, Verstappen, Norris, Magnussen and Perez tenth.
The session would restart with both Williams cars out on soft tyre runs. But
the session would be red flagged again when Bottas was to crash. He would
make a mistake and would go off the track and across the gravel and into the
barrier. The front area of the car was extensively damaged. The session
would restart and both Williams drivers were back out.
At the final corner Vettel would spin but was able to continue despite going
across the gravel. Leclerc was now fastest with a 1m:05.086 using the soft
tyre. Gasly was now in third as drivers started to work on longer runs with
quite a few drivers running on the hard and medium tyres. There were a
handful of drivers also doing longer runs on the soft tyre. The session
would come to a close and the drivers would again be allowed to complete
practice starts on the grid. For Williams their drivers would again be
slowest with George again ahead of Robert but this session the margin had
grown to be over a second. George would finish just 0.3 behind Stroll after
their soft tyre runs which is similar to the FP1 session.
Robert would start his practice coming out on the medium tyre. His first
time would be a 1m:09.480. Robert would improve with a 1m:08.999. Again
Robert would improve with a 1m:08.508 to move ahead, if only briefly, in
front on his team-mate. Robert would pit after a ten lap run. With the
restart of the session Robert would come out for a soft tyre run but would
have to pit with a red flag. With the restart Robert would return with
thirty four minutes remaining. He was back out on new soft tyres but would
not improve his time remaining slowest. He would pit after a three lap run
seeing him 1.2 seconds behind his team-mate. But Robert would complete a pit
stop and would return on the medium tyre. He was on a longer run with ten
minutes remaining. As the session came to a close Robert had completed
nineteen laps. He would finish with twenty one laps with the end of the
George would join the session but was out on the hard tyre with an hour and
twelve minutes remaining. His first lap would be a 1m:08.713. George would
set a 1m:08.479 to move ahead of his team-mate. George's first run was only
six laps as he pitted. George had also come out for a soft tyre run but
would be forced to pit with a red flag. George would also return with the
restart out on new soft tyres. George would set 1m:07.217 remaining 19th. He
would pit after a three lap run. George was 0.3 behind Stroll in front of
him also with a soft tyre time. With just over fifteen minutes remaining
George would return on the hard tyre for what would most likely be a longer
run. he would complete seven laps and with the end of the session would be
just 0.3 behind Stroll.
Carlos Sainz Jr.
Austrian GP: ROKiT Williams sees little FP2 improvement
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Date: 28/06/2019 16:04
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