Hungarian GP: FP2 and rain hampers ROKiT Williams programme

By Andrew Hooper
August 2 2019

The second Friday practice session for the 2019 Hungarian GP would see rain hamper the ROKiT Williams Teams programme with both George Russell and Robert Kubica only getting limited running in the dry. Both drivers would run the updated package but rain would fall early on seeing the pair only been able to complete two runs on the intermediate tyre to finish off their sessions. It was not a sessionw here any real comparison could be made between the two drivers.

 ROKiT Williams Hungarian GP Friday 2nd Practice

Team Summary:
The second Friday practice session for the 2019 Hungarian GP would see a rush of drivers coming out. The first time was et by Bottas with a 1m:19.416 running on the medium tyre. Other drivers on the soft tyre would go quicker with Raikkonen quickest with a 1m:19.174 followed by Gasly and Bottas. But the sesssion would be red flag when Albon was to crash going into the final corner. He was to drop his rear tyre onto the grass seeing him spin into the barriers. Prior to this quite a few drivers were out on the hard tyre as well as the medium. With the restart Bottas was straight back out joined by a large number of other driver with all three tyre types been used.

Bottas would set a 1m:18.289 on the medium tyre. Ricciardo was now second followed by Hamilton. But Hamilton would go quickest with a 1m:18.110. Verstappen was now second and Bottas third. Gasly was an early fourth followed by Ricciardo, Raikkonen, Leclerc, and Kvyat. But Giovinazzi was now seventh behind Raikkonen. On the soft tyre Gasly would go quickest with a 1m:17.854 and team-mate Verstappen second except on the medium tyre. But the rain was back and starting to increase seeing the track empty. Even with the rain Bottas would return but on the intermediate tyre. Kvyat, Perez, and Raikkonen would also complete single laps on the intermediate tyre.

With just over fifty minutes remaining Giovinazzi and Norris were back out for a single lap runs. Sainz would come out for a run on the medium tyre but the rain would increase seeing him run wide at Turn twelve. With twenty five minutes remaining Raikkonen would come out running on the intermediate tyre. He would be joined by both Ferrari's and Giovinazzi. The track was becoming busy with more drivers out running on intermediate tyres including both Williams cars. The session would come to an end as the rain continued to fall. Gasly would remain quickest from Verstappen, Hamilton, Bottas, Ricciardo, Raikkonen, Leclerc, Hulkenberg, Giovinazzi and Kvyat in tenth. It was a session where really nothing in terms of conclusions could be drawn especially for both Williams drivers. Even though both Williams drivers were running the updated package the rain put a stop to any real comparison between Robert and George.

Robert Kubica:
Robert was out early in the second Friday practice session running on the soft tyre. Robert would set a 1m:21.557 prior to having to pit with a red flag. with the restart Robert would be the first back out for Williams still on the soft tyre. He would improve with a 1m:21.160 followed by a 1m:20.439. Robert would pit after a five lap run avoiding the rain. Robert was seen getting out of his car. But he would return coming back out running on the intermediate tyre with twenty minutes remaining. Robert would also pit after a four lap run. But he would return again on intermediate tyres. He would pit just before the end of the session. Robert in post session interviews would comment on the days running by saying: "Today conditions were changeable ... we did have to test some parts ... aiming to understand them better ... conditions were better in FP1 and I was able to complete my programme." Asked about his fans he added: "It is great feels like been at home ... I hope for a good weekend and I hope they enjoy it."

George Russell:
George would follow his team-mate out also on the soft tyre. George would not set a time prior to the red flag. With fifteen minutes completed George would return also on the soft tyre. On his first lap George would set a 1m:19.889 to be 05 ahead of his team-mate. He would pit after a four lap run also coming in with the rain. George would join others out on the intermediate tyre. His lap time was a 1m:38.975, twenty seconds slower. Robert would pit after a four lap run. George would also come out for a second run on the intermediate tyre pitting just before the end of the session.

Pos Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Pierre Gasly Red Bull-Honda 1m17.854s - 16
2 Max Verstappen Red Bull-Honda 1m17.909s 0.055s 12
3 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m17.995s 0.141s 15
4 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1m18.184s 0.330s 18
5 Daniel Ricciardo Renault 1m18.597s 0.743s 13
6 Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo-Ferrari 1m18.682s 0.828s 25
7 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1m18.852s 0.998s 21
8 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1m18.892s 1.038s 14
9 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo-Ferrari 1m18.909s 1.055s 25
10 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso-Honda 1m18.957s 1.103s 22
11 Romain Grosjean Haas-Ferrari 1m19.149s 1.295s 19
12 Kevin Magnussen Haas-Ferrari 1m19.178s 1.324s 21
13 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m19.254s 1.400s 24
14 Carlos Sainz Jr. McLaren-Renault 1m19.398s 1.544s 22
15 Sergio Perez Racing Point-Mercedes 1m19.721s 1.867s 13
16 Lance Stroll Racing Point-Mercedes 1m19.774s 1.920s 14
17 George Russell Williams-Mercedes 1m19.889s 2.035s 14
18 Lando Norris McLaren-Renault 1m20.401s 2.547s 6
19 Robert Kubica Williams-Mercedes 1m20.439s 2.585s 15
20 Alexander Albon Toro Rosso-Honda - - 2

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Hungarian GP: FP2 and rain hampers ROKiT Williams programme
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Date: 02/08/2019 16:04

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