The opening Friday practice session for the 2020 Spanish GP would see the
Williams racing Team run reserve driver Roy Nissany replacing George
Russell. Vettel would set the first time with a 1m:24.910 running on the
hard tyre with a new chassis to evaluate. Leclerc was second with a slow
1m:36.645 with the track now empty. With an hour and fifteen minutes
remaining Ocon would be the first to return. Other drivers would start to
come out with a mix of tyres been used. Verstappen would go quickest with a
1m:19.574 using the hard tyre. He was followed by Sainz, Nicholas and
Norris. But Bottas would go quickest with a 1m:18.757 on the medium followed
by Verstappen and now Ricciardo. Bottas would improve with a 1m:18.573. On
the soft tyre Ricciardo would move in to second followed by Verstappen.
Sainz was fourth followed by Raikkonen, Perez, Grosjean, Stroll, Albon and
the Williams of Nicholas tenth.
Perez would improve to be third on the soft tyre followed by Grosjean on the
hard in fourth. Hamilton on the hard tyre would move into second behind
Bottas. Fifth was now Ricciardo, Grosjean, Verstappen, Stroll, Sainz and
Raikkonen tenth. Hamilton would go quickest with a 1m:18.516 to be ahead of
Bottas and Perez. After their first runs the Williams drivers weer in 16th
and 19th. Albon was now in tenth doing a longer run on the hard tyre. With
the first forty minutes completed the track would empty as drivers came in
to return their first set of tyres. Drivers would return for soft tyre runs
with Grosjean gong third followed by Perez, and Magnussen fifth. Magnussen
would improve to be fourth followed by Perez, Sainz, Ocon, Norris,
Giovinazzi, and Raikkonen tenth.
Bottas was now quickest with a1m:16.785 running on the soft tyre followed by
Hamilton. On their soft tyre runs Leclerc and Vettel would move into third
and fourth. Verstappen was now in third but 0.9 behind the leader Bottas.
With twenty mi9nutes remaining in the session the order was Bottas,
Hamilton, Verstappen, Leclerc, Vettel, Grosjean, Perez, Magnussen, Stroll,
and Sainz tenth. Albon was able to improve to be eighth after a soft tyre
run. the final fifteen minutes would see drivers out on longer runs with the
medium and soft tyre been the main choices. As the final few minutes counted
down the track was very busy with just two drivers on the hard Nicholas and
Ricciardo. With the end of the session the top ten would be Bottas,
Hamilton, Verstappen, Leclerc, Vettel, Grosjean, Perez, Albon, Magnussen and
Stroll tenth. For Williams Racing the results were sort of expected with Roy
slowest but his time on the same tyre was close to his team-mate so overall
a positive performance. For Nicholas he seemed to focus on longer runs so
hard to assess his real pace. FP2 will see George return to his car.
Roy would make his first appearance for Williams running on the soft tyre.
Roy would also come out for his timed run also using the soft tyre. Nissany
would complete a 1m:23.989 lap, five seconds off the pace but it is his
first run in the FW43. He would improve with a 1m:23.613 to be
unsurprisingly slowest. He would find a big amount of time with a 1m:21,516
to move closer to Magnussen ahead of him. Roy would also pit after a nine
lap run. With forty minutes remaining Roy was back this time on the medium
tyre. He was currently last in the times. His current time was a 1m:20.664
to be just 0.3 behind Nicholas. Roy would spin his car at Turn ten but was
able continue. He would pit and with just under fifteen minutes left in the
session he would return on the medium tyre running to just before the end of
Nicholas would be first out for this Friday session. he would be running on
the hard tyre. Nicholas would pit after a single lap. He would also pit
after a single lap. On his next run Nicholas would return running on the
soft tyre. Nicholas would set a 1m:21.075 to be second if only temporarily.
Nicholas would tell his engineer that underneath his butt it was quite hot,
more than he had ever felt it. Nicholas would improve with a 1m:20.368 to
currently be seventh. This wuld become ninth. With a 1m:20.334 Nicholas
would currently be 15th. He would pit after a ten lap run on the soft tyre.
As more times were set Nicholas would drop to 19th ahead of his team-mate.
With just over thirty minutes remaminging Nicholas would return this time on
the hard tyre. Nicholas would pit after a nine lap hard tyre run. Bt he
would return again on the hard tyre to complete another longer run of seven