Mexican GP: FP2 and little changes for ROKiT Williams


By Andrew Hooper
October 26 2019

The second Friday practice session for the 2019 Mexican GP would see a session where little would change in terms of the results for the ROKiT Williams team with George Russell and Robert Kubica slowest. Robert would return for this session after having seen Nicholas Latifi take his car in FP1. The team would continue their evaluations of the new front wing combined with the updated barge boards. It was positive to see the gap betwen the pair at just 0.18s. Both drivers would compleet longer runs late in the session as they split their tyre evaluations.

 
 ROKiT Williams Mexican GP Friday 2nd Practice
 
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Team Summary:
The second Friday practice session for the 2019 Mexican GP would see Raikkonen setting the early quickest time with a 1m:20.277 running on the hard tyre. Norris on the medium tyre would improve with a 1m:19.600. The hard and medium tyres were the only ones been seen in the early stages of the session. Only one Williams had taken to the track with ten minutes of the session completed. Vettel using the medium would set a 1m:18.697 to go quickest from Norris and Ricciardo. Verstappen would move up to second also on the medium. Leclerc on the medium was now second behind his team-mate. Vettel had improved his quickest time with a 1m:17.960. The session would be red flagged when Albon was to crash at Turn seven spinning into the barrier.

With the restart of the session the track would become very busy with both Williams drivers coming out for soft tyre runs. The team was continuing their evaluations of the new front wing combined with the updated barge boards. Hamilton on the medium tyre would move up to third followed by Leclerc, Sainz, and Gasly sixth. But Gasly would improve to be second but Verstappen would take this spot while the Williams would complete their first laps on the soft tyre. At the front the Ferrari's were out on the soft tyre and Leclerc would go quickest with a 1m:17.072 only to be passed by Vettel with a 1m:16.607. The Williams drivers were 18th and 19th with fifty minutes remaining.

Ricciardo would move up to 8th as more drivers were on soft tyres runs. Verstappen was now second behind Vettel. On the soft tyre Bottas would move to fourth followed by Kvyat and Gasly. Hamilton was now fifth also on the soft tyre with thirty five minutes remaining. Gasly was now seventh followed by Sainz, Hulkenberg and Norris tenth. The Williams drivers were on split tyre evaluations assessing the soft, medium and hard tyres on longer runs. Under ten minutes remaining and the Williams drivers were now out on the medium and hard tyres. With five minutes remaining longer runs were the focus across all teams. With the end of the session it would be Vettel quickest from Verstappen, Leclerc, Bottas, Hamilton, Kvyat, Gasly, Sainz, Hulkenberg and Norris tenth. The Williams drivers would remain 18thand 19th. Again it was very much a session that saw the team continue their evaluations of the front wing and barge boards.

Robert Kubica:
Robert would return to his car for the second Friday practice session coming out on the hard tyre. Robert would set a 1m:24.638 on his first run but would improve with a 1m:23.145. With five laps completed Robert had improved with a 1m:22.388. He would pit after a six lap run. Robert would be running with the updated barge board configurations and the new front wing. With the session restart Robert would return running on the soft tyre. Robert would improve with a 1m:21.536 to be 17th, dropping to 18th. He would improve with a 1m:21.456 but would drop to 19th. A 1m:21.149 from Robert but he would remain 19th. Robert would also pit after a seven lap run. Robert would also come out for a second soft tyre run. He would set a 1m:20.180 to close the gap to his team-mate to be just 0.212 behind. Robert would pit after a seven lap run. With twenty five minutes remaining Robert would return again on the soft tyre but surprisingly he would pit after a single lap but would return. Robert would pit changing to the hard tyre and would complete eleven laps with the end of the session.

George Russell:
George would be first out for the second Friday practice session running on the medium tyre pitting after a single lap. George would also be running the new front wing during the session and the newer barge boards. George would also come out with the session restart changing to the soft tyre. George's first time would be a 1m:23.988. George would improve with a 1m:20.349 to currently be 17th. A 1m:19.968 with six laps completed and he would remain 17th. He would pit after a seven lap run. After a short stop George would return again on the soft tyre. George would not improve and would pit after a five lap run. For his next run George would return running on the medium tyre. A three lap run and he would pit briefly and return. He would complete eighteen laps with the end of the session..

 
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Pos Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m16.607s - 35
2 Max Verstappen Red Bull-Honda 1m16.722s 0.115s 37
3 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1m17.072s 0.465s 34
4 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1m17.221s 0.614s 39
5 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m17.570s 0.963s 35
6 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso-Honda 1m17.747s 1.140s 40
7 Pierre Gasly Toro Rosso-Honda 1m18.003s 1.396s 39
8 Carlos Sainz Jr. McLaren-Renault 1m18.079s 1.472s 38
9 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1m18.261s 1.654s 23
10 Lando Norris McLaren-Renault 1m18.349s 1.742s 36
11 Lance Stroll Racing Point-Mercedes 1m18.362s 1.755s 38
12 Sergio Perez Racing Point-Mercedes 1m18.366s 1.759s 34
13 Daniel Ricciardo Renault 1m18.380s 1.773s 34
14 Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo-Ferrari 1m18.681s 2.074s 37
15 Romain Grosjean Haas-Ferrari 1m18.766s 2.159s 37
16 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo-Ferrari 1m18.889s 2.282s 46
17 Kevin Magnussen Haas-Ferrari 1m19.306s 2.699s 37
18 George Russell Williams-Mercedes 1m19.968s 3.361s 36
19 Robert Kubica Williams-Mercedes 1m20.180s 3.573s 37
20 Alexander Albon Red Bull-Honda 1m21.665s 5.058s 5
 
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Mexican GP: FP2 and little changes for ROKiT Williams
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