The final practice session for the 2019 British GP would again see both ROKiT Williams drivers at the bottom of the times. George Russell would finish ahead of team-mate Robert Kubica with the gap a close 0.3s. But overall it was a result that again saw the team seem to struggle to close the gap to the cars in front with both cars 1.4s off the next closest car. Qualifying is going to be a difficult time for the Williams team.
British GP Saturday Practice
On a somewhat cooler day the Saturday practice session would see very few
cars come out. Both Williams drivers would come out for their first runs
splitting their tyre evaluations between the medium and the soft. But both
drivers would pit as rain started to fall. Leclerc and Ricciardo would take
to the track but on the intermediate tyre. Both would pit after a single
lap. Both Mercedes would come out on intermediate tyres joined by both
Williams. Bottas would set a 1m:35.423 to be second with Kubica third. The
track would empty with Albon now coming out. With thirty minutes remaining
the track was now empty.
Drivers would now start to com eout on dry tyres with Hamilton out on the
soft. He would be joined by other drivers on a mix of tyres with soft and
medium been used. Hulkenberg would go quickest with a 1m:29.711 only to see
Hamilton go quicker with a 1m:28.988. Then a 1m:27.524 from Bottas. Leclerc
would move ahead with a 1m:27.446 but it was all changing with Hamilton
going quickest with a 1m:26.746 followed by Leclerc and Vettel. Bottas was
fourth followed by Norris, Ricciardo, Gasly, Kvyat, Raikkonen and Giovinazzi
in tenth. Bottas would improve with a 1m:26.458 to go fastest with the track
now very busy. Hamilton was again fastest with a 1m:26.338 with the Williams
pair occupying their usual positions at the bottom of the times.
With ten minutes remaining Leclerc would go quickest with a 1m:25.905.
Vettel was now second followed by Hamilton. Gasly would go fourth followed
by Verstappen, Bottas, Norris, Hulkenberg, Ricciardo, and Albon tenth. After
their soft tyres runs the Williams pair were slowest with George ahead of
Robert but they were 1.4s behind the Racing Points cars in front. The
drivers would again be allowed to complete practice starts on the grid at
the end of the session.
Ten minutes into the session and Robert would come out for a soft tyre run.
But he would pit after a single lap as rain started to fall. Robert would
join those running on intermediate tyres and would set a 1m:42.800 after a
slow lap. He would pit after a three lap run. With twenty five minutes
remaining Robert would return with the soft tyre. He would set a 1m:31.070
to be ahead of his team-mate. But Robert would improve with a 1m:30.258 to
again be ahead of George. But his team-mate would go quicker with Robert
responding with a 1m:29.824. Robert would complete a seven lap prior to
pitting. He would return for what should be his qualifying simulation. A
1m:29.565 from Robert would see him close the gap to George. he would
improve with a 1m:29.450 to be just 0.3 behind George. He would pit ending his session.
George would be first pout in the Saturday practice session for Williams. He
would set the first time with a 1m:31.810 and would pit after a five lap run
completing a practice pit stop as part of his run. George would return for
just under forty minutes remaining this time on the intermediate tyre tyre
for a three lap run. George would also come out for a soft tyre run. He
would set a 1m:30.384 to be ahead of Robert by 0.686s. he would lower his
time with a 1m:29.218 with the gap between the Williams pair now 0.6s.
George would pit after a six lap run. George would follow Robert out also on
new soft tyres. He would set a 1m:29.065 to remain in front of his team-mate
with the end of his session.
Carlos Sainz Jr.
British GP: ROKiT Williams again struggles in FP3
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Date: 13/07/2019 12:29
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