Russian GP: Williams Racing continues positive weekend

By Andrew Hooper
September 26 2020

The final practice session of the 2020 Russian GP would see the Williams Racing drivers finish in 13th and 15th. In what was a continuation of their positive Friday results George and Nicholas would finish insiide the top fifteen after their qualifying simulations.  As far as the Williams drivers are concerned it was a return to the status quo with George finishing ahead of Nicholas. The question is now whether the drivers can continue their form into qualifying. 

   Williams Racing Russian GP Saturday Practice

Team Summary:
Friday practice for the 2020 Russian GP had seen the Williams Racing drivers Nicholas Latifi and George Russell finish in 15th and 16th. Now the Saturday practice would allow the team their final chance to assess their performances prior to qualifying. With the start of the session ether would be no rush of drivers taking to the track. With five minutes completed both McLaren's would leave the pit lane both on the medium tyre. Norris was to set a 1m:36.423 to set the only lap time with ten minutes completed. More drivers would start to leave the pits with several on soft tyres. This would include both Mercedes drivers but it would be Ricciardo on the medium who was now fastest with a 1m:35.672 from Norris and Grosjean. But Bottas would set a 1m:35.183 to be quickest while team-mate Hamilton was only third.

Both Alfa Romeo's were out on the soft tyre joined by both Williams cars also on the soft tyre. Raikkonen was now third ahead of Hamilton and Magnussen. the track was now busy with drivers pout on a mix of medium and soft tyres. Perez was now sixth on the medium but it would all change as Bottas went quicker at the front with a 1m:34.289 followed by Gasly, Ocon, and Kvyat. Ocon was on the medium tyre while at the front Hamilton would move up to second behind Bottas. Gasly was third followed by Ocon, Kvyat, Leclerc, Perez, Ricciardo, Stroll and Raikkonen tenth. After their first runs the Williams Racing drivers were in 16th and 17th.

On the soft tyre Verstappen was now second as the track cleared with drivers returning to the pits after their first runs. Twenty minutes remaining and there was only a few cars on the track, those of Bottas and Ricciardo. As drivers came out for their qualifying simulations Hamilton would set a 1m:33.279 to be fastest from Bottas and Verstappen. Vettel was fourth from Leclerc and Gasly. After their next runs the Williams racing drivers were 11th and 14th with George 0.3 ahead of Nicholas. Six minutes remaining and drivers continued to put in times with Sainz now third followed by Perez, Verstappen, Vettel, Albon, Stroll, Kvyat and Leclerc tenth.

Ocon would move into fourth as both Williams drivers were now 13th and 15th as the session drew to a close. The session would end with Hamilton still quickest from Bottas, Sainz, Ocon, Perez, Verstappen, Vettel, Stroll, Kvyat, and Ricciardo tenth. As for the Williams Racing drivers they would complete their session in 13th and 15th. This session was again a positive one for the Williams Racing Team as they prepare for qualifying. As far as the Williams drivers are concerned it was a return to the status quo with George ahead of Nicholas.

Nicholas Latifi:
Nicholas would be out with just over twenty minutes remaining using the soft tyre. His first lap was a 1m:35.940 to be sixth dropping to seventh. He would drop down the order currently now 12th. This would become 15th. Nicholas would also pit after a six lap run. He would return again on the soft tyre but would pit after a single lap with no improvement in his time. Nicholas would also return to his final run again on the soft tyre. Nicholas was on an improved lap and would set a 1m:35.292 to be 10th but dropped to 11th. This would become 15th as he pitted after a four lap run. His session would end in the pits.

George Russell:
George would close follow Nicholas out also on the soft tyre. He would complete a very slow first lap time currently 18th. But he would improve with a 1m:36.181 to be 13th but would drop to 16th. He would pit after a four lap run. he would return for a further soft tyre run but would pit after just three laps with out improving. With fifteen minutes remaining George would return for a soft tyre run. George would set a 1m:34.979 to be seventh. He would drop to tenth as other times were set. George would pit after a six lap run and he would drop to 13th as his session came to an end.

Pos Driver Car Gap
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m33.279s
2 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 0.776s
3 Carlos Sainz Jr. McLaren-Renault 0.817s
4 Esteban Ocon Renault 0.960s
5 Sergio Perez Racing Point-Mercedes 0.973s
6 Max Verstappen Red Bull-Honda 1.027s
7 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1.315s
8 Lance Stroll Racing Point-Mercedes 1.453s
9 Daniil Kvyat AlphaTauri-Honda 1.489s
10 Daniel Ricciardo Renault 1.508s
11 Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri-Honda 1.513s
12 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1.527s
13 George Russell Williams-Mercedes 1.700s
14 Romain Grosjean Haas-Ferrari 1.978s
15 Nicholas Latifi Williams-Mercedes 2.013s
16 Kevin Magnussen Haas-Ferrari 2.172s
17 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo-Ferrari 2.311s
18 Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo-Ferrari 2.320s
19 Alexander Albon Red Bull-Honda 2.324s
20 Lando Norris McLaren-Renault 2.702s

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