United States GP: FP1 a mixed session for ROKiT Williams

By Andrew Hooper
November 1 2019

The opening Friday practice session for the 2019 United States GP would see the ROKiT Williams team suffer another mixed session with only Robert Kubica been able to complete any significant laps while for Nicholas Latifi his run was cut short by a gearbox issues that saw him forced to pit and would only cojmplete seven laps during the session. The team would confirnm that the gearbox would have to be changed, at no peanlty, which would be done prior to George Russell's return to use his car in FP2. As for Robert again his times were a considerable margin away from the cars in front.

 ROKiT Williams United States GP Friday 1st Practice

Team Summary:
The opening Friday practice at the Circuit of the Americas would see both Mercedes cars out first running on the medium tyre. they would be followed by a rush of drivers all coming out for their installation laps. But drivers would start to set lap times quickly with Bottas setting a 1m:39.846 followed by Magnussen and Vettel. Verstappen was fastest with a 1m:38.423 then Magnussen also improved to be quickest with a 1m:38.350. He would improve with a 1m:38.177 but Grosjean would go quicker with a 1m:37.759. he would improve with a 1m:37.356. Albon on the medium would go quickest with a 1m:37.203 followed by Grosjean and Stroll.

The cars would be seen bouncing heavily on the bumps as they run up the hill to the first corner. Quite a few drivers were running with the 2020 tyre which was been trialled by Pirelli. Kvyat would move into third. Verstappen was now second behind his team-mate but was on the 2020 tyre. Stroll and Vettel would move into second and third. But Albon would move to the top of the times with a 1m:35.451, followed by Verstappen, Vettel, Stroll, Perez, Grosjean, Gasly, Kvyat, Ricciardo and Hulkenberg tenth. With the opening forty minutes of the session completed the track would empty as drivers pitted to return their extra set of tyres.

For Williams they were again slowest as they continued to evaluate the new parts that they had used in Mexico. Albon would improve with a 1m:35.282 as drivers started to return. Vettel now using the soft tyre would set a 1m:34.226 to be quickest. Leclerc was now in third behind Albon. Stroll was now fifth using the medium tyre. More drivers were using the soft tyre as Verstappen would now be quickest with a 1m:34.057 now followed by Leclerc, Vettel, Gasly, Ricciardo, and Albon now sixth. Vettel on the 2020 tyres was now second followed by Albon and Gasly, both on the soft tyre. For Williams only Kubica had been able to set a representative time as Latifi was stuck in his pit with a gearbox issue.

With the end of the session Verstappen would remain quickest from Vettel, Albon, Gasly, Ricciardo, Grosjean, Leclerc, Hamilton, Stroll, and Magnussen tenth. For Williams they would only see one car produce any lap times and would finish the session slowest. The gearbox issue should be fixed by the second Friday session when George Russell returns.

Robert Kubica:
Robert would be first out for Williams running on the 2020 prototype tyre for Pirelli. He would pit and switch to the medium tyre. Robert would pit after a single lap. With just under an hour and ten remaining Robert would return this time on the soft tyre. Robert would set a 1m:42.537 to be 6.7s off the quickest time. He would improve with a 1m:40.345. He would continue to lap and would set a 1m:39.749 and then a 1m:39.004. With thirty eight minutes remaining Robert would return again on the soft tyre. He would improve with a 1m:38.424 to be 18th. Further improvements with a 1m:37.948 but he had dropped to 19th. He would pit after a seven lap run. Robert would return this time on the 2020 tyre. His lap times were in the high 1m:38s as he continued to lap pitting with the end of the session.

Nicholas Latifi:
Nicholas would take to the track running on the hard tyre with various aero rakes mounted behind the front wheels as the team continued to complete evaluations of the various updates that they have been testing.. He would pit after a single lap. Just over an hour remaining and Nicholas would return running on the soft tyre. He would seta 1m:41.112 to be behind his team-mate. But he would have an issue with his gearbox seeing him having to slow and run back to his pit using only second gear. He would get out of his car as the team worked to sort out the issue. But it would be announced that the issue was such that it would require an gearbox change so Nicholas was out for the rest of the session. He would only complete seven laps in total.

Pos Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Max Verstappen Red Bull-Honda 1m34.057s - 26
2 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m34.226s 0.169s 30
3 Alexander Albon Red Bull-Honda 1m34.316s 0.259s 28
4 Pierre Gasly Toro Rosso-Honda 1m35.008s 0.951s 32
5 Daniel Ricciardo Renault 1m35.263s 1.206s 29
6 Romain Grosjean Haas-Ferrari 1m35.356s 1.299s 24
7 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1m35.380s 1.323s 23
8 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m35.439s 1.382s 32
9 Lance Stroll Racing Point-Mercedes 1m35.586s 1.529s 31
10 Kevin Magnussen Haas-Ferrari 1m35.659s 1.602s 23
11 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso-Honda 1m35.661s 1.604s 31
12 Carlos Sainz Jr. McLaren-Renault 1m35.723s 1.666s 26
13 Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo-Ferrari 1m35.854s 1.797s 22
14 Sergio Perez Racing Point-Mercedes 1m35.971s 1.914s 29
15 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo-Ferrari 1m36.037s 1.980s 26
16 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1m36.124s 2.067s 24
17 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1m36.159s 2.102s 40
18 Lando Norris McLaren-Renault 1m36.263s 2.206s 23
19 Robert Kubica Williams-Mercedes 1m37.948s 3.891s 28
20 Nicholas Latifi Williams-Mercedes 1m41.112s 7.055s 7

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United States GP: FP1 a mixed session for ROKiT Williams
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Date: 01/11/2019 18:00

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