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Russian GP: Williams Racing Grand Prix Preview
The Williams Racing Team returns to Sochi for the 2020 Russian GP. This is a return to a more familar track which should assist the team in their push to continue their improvement in performamnce. Despite this track not been well suited to the FW43 the team has a range of ideas on which to improve the car. After the disappointment of the Tuscany GP bith George Russell and Nicholas Latifi are keen to continue to continue their season with their first points scoring result.
Williams Racing denied first 2020 points in cruel finish
The results of the 2020 Tuscany GP would see Williams Racing finish with drivers George Russell in 11th while Nicholas Latifi was listed as a DNF. But these result do not fully explain firstly the chaos of the race and secondly how close the Williams team came to scoring their first points of the season. The race would see a series of incidents starting with a Safety Car period coming from an accident involving several cars after the start. This was followed by a restart that would see a major crash on the start straight which would see Nicholas crashing out. This would see a Red Flag and a further restart followed by a later crash involving Stroll. At this time George was running in ninth but with a further Red Flag and restart his prospects for scoring points would disappear after a poor start from which he would not recover coming home 11th. Such a disappointing result for Williams Racing
Tuscany GP: Encouraging qualifying for Williams Racing
For Williams Racing the results of qualifying for the 2020 Tuscany GP was very much of what could have been. They would finish in 18th and 19th with George Russell ahead of Nichola Latifi. For Nicholas his result was pretty much the best he could achieve. For George his final run could have seen him into Q2 but one mistake running wide seeing him put his right side tyres onto the gravel would ruin his chances. The session was not great in terms of the outright result but in terms of the potential that the car had it was encouraging.
Tuscany GP: Frustrating FP3 for Williams Racing
The final practice session for the 2020 Tuscany GP would see the Williams Racing Team come away from a frustrating session with just one driver been able to set a time. Nicholas Latifi would complete runs on the soft tyre and would finish in 16th. But for team-mate George Russell his session would see him suffer a Brake by Wire failure seeing him not able to set a time as the team could not resolve the issue before the end of the session. Qualifying will be very much a session where the potential results for Williams will be hard to assess and whether they can get past Q1 will be interesting to see. Nicholas could pull off a surprise by making it into Q2 while George's chances is any bodies guess, but based on previous sessions has a good chance to get into Q2.
Tuscany GP: Another typical FP2 for Williams Racing
The second Friday practice session for the 2020 Tuscany GP would see the Williams Racing drivers finish in 16th and 18th, separated by the barest of margins. George Russel would again be ahead of team-mate Nicholas Latifi. Overall it would be a fairly typical session finishing down the order as they continue their fight with the Haas and Alfa Romeo teams. It was very much the case that both drivers were pushing to get the best out of the FW43, but it is still lacking pace and that is not something that is going to come quickly even with new owners.
Tuscany GP: Typical FP1 for Williams Racing
The opening Friday practice session for the 2020 Tuscany GP would see the Williams Racing drivers finish in 16th and 20th. George Russell would finish ahead of team-mate Nicholas Latifi. The session was for most part uneventful apart from a spin from Nicholas late in the session. It was very much the typical Williams Friday FP1 with soft tyre runs followed by split tyre evaluations of the medium and hard tyre.
Tuscany GP: Williams Racing Grand Prix Preview
In what is the final race of a triple header the Williams Racing Team moves to the Tuscan region of Italy for the 2020 Tuscany GP. It is the first time that Formula One will race at this circuit. The circuit is noteable for sweeping turns and elevation changes as well as an 800m long straight. It is expected that this circuit should be one that favours the FW43. Both team drivers George Russell and Nicholas Latifi have had limited experience of this track and it was quite some time ago. But after been so close to scoring the first points of the season in Italy the team is hopeful of securing a good result.
Italian GP: So close to the first points for Williams Racing
In what was a mixed up race with pit stops followed by a Safety Car after Leclerc's crash and then a Red Flag and a race restart the Williams Racing Team would see their drivers finish in 11th for Nicholas Latifi and 14th for George Russell. Nicholas had benefited from pitting early in the race prior to the Safety Car and the red flag. This would see him when race was restarted starting inside the top ten. George was not so fortunate as at the restart he would be down the order. But despite their best efforts both drivers would struggle having faster cars pass them in the shortened race. For Nicholas he would drop outside the top ten and was unable to move forward and unfortunatly that small piece of luck did not fall his way and he would finish outside the points. Frustrating to say the least on what was the last race meeting where the Williams family would be in charge.
Italian GP: Frustrating qualifying for Williams Racing
Qualifying for the 2020 Italian GP would be a frustrating session for the Williams Racing Team with both George Russell and Nicholas Latifi occupying the last row of the grid with George 19th and Nicholas 20th. Despite seeming to make steps forward in FP3 both driver still lacked the necessary pace to realistically get into Q2. Even so the chaos of the final run in Q1 did not make the situation any easier with George been stuck in a group of cars all looking to place their cars to benefit from a tow such that he would suffer in his ability to complete a better lap time. Definitly not the session that the team wanted as they continue to turn their performances around.
Italian GP: FP3 a closing of the gap for Williams Racing
The final practice session for the 2020 Italian GP would see the Williams Racing Team close the gap to the teams in front in terms of lap times but despite this both Williams drivers were again well down the times. George Russell and Nicholas Latifi would finish the session in 18th and 19th. Based on this qualifying is going to be a tough session for the Williams Racing Team. George may be able to find some extra pace or gain from a tow but Nicholas has consistently been close to the bottom of the times so another thing beyond Q1 is going to be very difficult for the Canadian.
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