With the start of the second Friday practice session for the 2020 Russian GP
it would be Grosjean out first. For Williams they would still repairing the
car of Nicholas after his earlier crash. Norris on the medium would go
quickest with a 1m:36.130 followed by Grosjean. More drivers would join this
pair as we had Bottas go quickest with a 1m:36.085 using the hard tyre.
Norris was second now followed by Raikkonen, Albon, Gasly, Kvyat, Magnussen,
Leclerc, Vettel and Stroll tenth. Hamilton on the medium would go top with a
1m:34.890. Ricciardo would move up to second behind Hamilton using the
medium and Verstappen on the same tyre would go third. Bottas was now fourth
followed by Albon, Norris, Perez, Raikkonen, Gasly and Magnussen tenth. The
session so far had only seen the hard and medium tyres been used. There was
only one Williams car running and this was in 16th.
Both Mercedes were now out running on the soft tyre. Bottas would set a
1m:33.883 to move to the top of the times but Hamilton would take this spot
with a 1m:33.786. On his next lap Bottas would respond with a 1m:33.519
while Hamilton had suffered a massive lockup ruining his lap. Other drivers
would be coming out for soft tyre runs including both Racing Point's. The
first of the Williams cars would come out for a soft tyre run. Stroll would
improve to be fifth with Perez sixth. But Perez would move up to third
behind Hamilton. Ricciardo was now third on his soft tyre run followed by
Perez, Verstappen, Vettel, Gasly and Raikkonen. The Williams drivers weer
14th and 15th after their soft tyre runs. Norris was now up to fourth but
this would become fifth as Sainz moved into fourth. The Williams drivers
were now 15th and 16th as the track emptied with forty minutes remaining.
Thirty minutes remaining and drivers were now on longer runs with the
Williams drivers splitting their tyre evaluations using the medium and the
hard tyres. Sixteen minutes remaining and the Williams drivers continued
their runs on the medium and hard tyre. The track continued to be busy with
just a few drivers in their pits. With ten minutes remaining the top ten was
Bottas, Hamilton, Ricciardo, Sainz, Norris, Perez, Verstappen, Leclerc, Ocon
and Vettel. The Williams drivers were just 0.3 off the tenth placed time of
Vettel. The session would end with the Williams drivers completing their
longer runs. The top ten would remain unchanged in what was a positive
change of fortunes for the Williams Racing Team finish 15th and 16th.
With his mechanics still working on his car it was looking very much like he
would be late in getting out for the second Friday session. With twenty
minutes completed Nicholas would final come out for his first run running on
the hard tyre. He would set a 1m:38.681 on what was most likely a lap to
check his repaired car. He would improve with a 1m:37.837 but was still
20th. After a six lap run Nicholas would pit. With just under fifty minutes
remaining Nicholas back out on the soft tyre. He would set a 1m:35.563 to be
13th dropping to 14th. This would become 15th as he pitted after a four lap
run. Nicholas would return for a further run on the hard tyre. He would
complete a six lap run pitting to take on another set of hard tyres. As the
session drew to a close Nicholas had completed ten laps on the hard tyre.
With the end of the session he would pit having completed thirteen laps.
George would come out for his first run using the medium tyre and would set
a 1m:37.268 to be 12th dropping to 13th. Having completed four laps George
would pit currently 17th. George would return with fifty four minutes
remaining this time on the soft tyre. George would finish with a 1m:35.575
to be eighth. George would drop to ninth. This would become 15th as he
pitted after a five lap run. George would return for another run this time
on the medium tyre. George would it after a seven lap run asking for
adjustments to his car. he would return still running on the medium tyre.
George would pit after a nine lap run on the medium tyre. he would return
for a short soft tyre run. George would complete just four laps on the soft
tyre prior to pitting with the end of the session.