Russian GP: Positive FP2 session for Williams Racing

By Andrew Hooper
September 25 2020

The second Friday practice session for the 2020 Russian GP would be a far more positive one for the Williams Racing Team. The session would see Nicholas Latifi and George Russell finish in 15th and 16th. For Nicholas his session would see him come out late as he had to wait for the repairs to his car to be completed. Both drivers would complete soft tyre runs prior to moving onto longer runs using the medium and hard tyre. Definitly a change in fortunes for the Williams team compared to the difficult start in the earler session. 

 ROKiT Williams Russian GP Friday 2nd Practice

Team Summary:
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.

Nicholas Latifi:
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 Russell:
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.

Pos Driver Car Gap
1 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1m33.519s
2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 0.267s
3 Daniel Ricciardo Renault 1.058s
4 Carlos Sainz Jr. McLaren-Renault 1.204s
5 Lando Norris McLaren-Renault 1.328s
6 Sergio Perez Racing Point-Mercedes 1.371s
7 Max Verstappen Red Bull-Honda 1.529s
8 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1.533s
9 Esteban Ocon Renault 1.620s
10 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1.664s
11 Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri-Honda 1.691s
12 Alexander Albon Red Bull-Honda 1.723s
13 Daniil Kvyat AlphaTauri-Honda 1.942s
14 Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo-Ferrari 1.997s
15 Nicholas Latifi Williams-Mercedes 2.044s
16 George Russell Williams-Mercedes 2.056s
17 Lance Stroll Racing Point-Mercedes 2.108s
18 Kevin Magnussen Haas-Ferrari 2.210s
19 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo-Ferrari 2.534s
20 Romain Grosjean Haas-Ferrari 3.339s

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Russian GP: Positive FP2 session for Williams Racing
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Date: 25/09/2020 14:02

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