Tuscany GP: Frustrating FP3 for Williams Racing

By Andrew Hooper
September 12 2020

The final practice session for the 2020 Tuscany GP would see the Williams Racing Team come away from a frustrating session with just one driver been able to set a time. Nicholas Latifi would complete runs on the soft tyre and would finish in 16th. But for team-mate George Russell his session would see him suffer a Brake by Wire failure seeing him not able to set a time as the team could not resolve the issue before the end of the session. Qualifying will be very much a session where the potential results for Williams will be hard to assess and whether they can get past Q1 will be interesting to see. Nicholas could pull off a surprise by making it into Q2 while George's chances is any bodies guess, but based on previous sessions has a good chance to get into Q2. 

   Williams Racing Italian GP Saturday Practice

Team Summary:
Saturday's practice session at Mugello would commence with Magnussen first out using the medium tyre. He would be joined by both McLaren's and the Alpha Tauri's. They would all pit after single laps with Bottas been next out. On the soft tyre he would set a 1m:17.437. Ten minutes into the session and the track was now empty. Next out would be Raikkonen with fifteen minutes of the session completed. He was running on the soft tyre as Giovinazzi also came out along with other drivers. Both Alfa Romeo's were on the soft tyre as Raikkonen was now second followed by Giovinazzi. As more times were set Leclerc was now second using the medium. Hamilton was now fastest using the soft tyre with a 1m:17.415. Stroll on the medium was now third ahead of Leclerc and Albon.

Verstappen on the medium tyre would split the Mercedes going into second but he would improve with a 1m:17.116 to go quickest. Bottas was second followed by Hamilton, Stroll, Leclerc, Albon, Gasly, Raikkonen, Perez, and Ocon tenth. Of the top ten only the Mercedes set their times on the soft tyre the rest had used the medium. After a lull in the track activity Bottas would return again on the soft tyre to set a 1m:16.530 to again be quickest. Hamilton was also running along with both Ferrari's. Hamilton was now second behind his team-mate. As more drivers et soft tyre times Verstappen remained in teh pits but Gasly was now fourth followed by Leclerc, Stroll, Kvyat, Grosjean, Sainz, and Giovinazzi tenth. The only Williams to set a time was currently 13th. Grosjean and Ocon would move into ninth and tenth seeing Sainz and Giovinazzi out of this group. The only Williams with a time was now 16th.

So the top ten would be Bottas, Verstappen, Hamilton, Stroll, Gasly, Perez, Leclerc, Albon, Kvyat, and Grosjean tenth. Ocon had dropped to 11th while for Williams it was a positive session for one driver and a major disappointment for another. Qualifying will be very much a session where the results for Williams are hard to assess and whether they can get past Q1 will be interesting to see. Nicholas could pull off a surprise by making it into Q2 while George's chances is any bodies guess, but based on previous sessions has a good chance to get into Q2.

Nicholas Latifi:
Nicholas would leave the pit lane first out for Williams using the soft tyre. He would set a 1m:18.904 to currently be fourth. He would drop down the order to be eleventh. He would pit currently 13th. While in the pits he would drop to 15th. With fifteen minutes remaining Nicholas would return again on the soft tyre and would improve with a 1m:18.072 to currently be sixth. he would quickly drop to 12th. As he pitted he was now 14th after a short four lap run. This would become 15th as he returned for another soft tyre run in what should be a true qualifying simulation but surprisingly he would pit again making it look like he was completing possible practice starts at the end of the pit lane.

George Russell:
George would also come out using the soft tyre with twenty minutes completed. But he would pit without setting a time. Reports would have him with a total failure of the brake by wire system with his brake peddle going to the floor. He would remain in his garage for the remainder of the session with the issue such that it could not be fixed during the session.

Pos Driver Car Gap
1 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1m16.530s
2 Max Verstappen Red Bull-Honda 0.017s
3 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 0.083s
4 Lance Stroll Racing Point-Mercedes 0.582s
5 Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri-Honda 0.696s
6 Sergio Perez Racing Point-Mercedes 0.811s
7 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 0.958s
8 Alexander Albon Red Bull-Honda 1.008s
9 Daniil Kvyat AlphaTauri-Honda 1.097s
10 Romain Grosjean Haas-Ferrari 1.105s
11 Esteban Ocon Renault 1.216s
12 Carlos Sainz Jr. McLaren-Renault 1.238s
13 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo-Ferrari 1.282s
14 Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo-Ferrari 1.313s
15 Kevin Magnussen Haas-Ferrari 1.509s
16 Nicholas Latifi Williams-Mercedes 1.542s
17 Daniel Ricciardo Renault 1.612s
18 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1.656s
19 Lando Norris McLaren-Renault 2.296s
20 George Russell Williams-Mercedes -

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Tuscany GP: Frustrating FP3 for Williams Racing
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Date: 12/09/2020 12:30

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