Williams racing made a solid start to the british grand prix weekend.

British GP: Positive Friday for Williams Racing

Friday practice for the 2024 British Grand Prix proved to be a productive day for the Williams Racing Team.

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The final Friday session saw Alex Albon and Logan Sargeant finish 13th and 17th respectively.

Alex Albon made significant changes to his car’s setup throughout the sessions, which led to improvements, though he acknowledged there was still work to be done.

Logan Sargeant had to miss FP1 as he was replaced by Academy driver Franco Colapinto under the FIA young driver program.

Missing FP1 meant Logan had to quickly get up to speed in FP2. By the end of the session, he commented that there was still work to do both on the car and within the cockpit.

Despite the positive start, the team also had to consider the changeable weather conditions.

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Logan Sargeant:
“My first time missing FP1, so I knew I was going to have to make the step up quickly in FP2 and I feel like we did that.

I came out the gate strong on low fuel which was positive. I feel like we were immediately in a good place with some clear little bits to work on.

High fuel is a bit of a different story as there’s definitely work to do from my side.

Hopefully we can have a better weekend, but we’ll have to wait and see when everyone goes for it tomorrow. Overall, today’s been a pretty strong start.”

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Alex Albon:
“A mixed day overall. Long runs are looking promising, and the car feels good to drive relative to last year.

As a Qualifying car, there’s some work to do. We experimented quite a lot with set-up and tyres between the two sessions, and we haven’t quite got the right balance yet.

We’ll look at the data tonight and come back stronger. With a bit of British weather and some fine-tuning, I think we’re in with a chance of Q3 tomorrow.”

Franco Colapinto:
“My first FP1 done! I enjoyed every lap, every corner of it, and I did the best I could. It was an amazing experience.

There was much more on the table, and I couldn’t maximise some corners, which I was getting better at on the long runs, but of course it’s difficult on old tyres.

I’m delighted that Williams has given me this opportunity, the support that I’ve received from the team has been on another level.

I’m super proud of what we’ve achieved, but now I need to keep working so I can get back here one day.”

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Sven Smeets, Sporting Director:
“Overall, it has been a positive day today. Earlier this afternoon, we had Franco doing his first FP1 for us and he did a solid job, improving his lap times every time he left the garage.

He then qualified 4th in F2 Qualifying an hour later so he can look back on a good day. Alex changed the set-up of the car quite significantly between FP1 and FP2 and this had a positive effect on the performance of the car, especially on the long runs.

They seemed competitive this afternoon, but we still have some issues with the balance of the car on low fuel, so we need to improve that overnight ahead of FP3.

Logan got up to speed quickly after missing FP1 and is reasonably happy with the car on low fuel but was missing some performance in the race run.

We will be working hard tonight to find some extra performance for tomorrow. The weather forecast is changing nearly every hour so there is everything to play for in Qualifying.”

Practice Classification: Driver FP1 Time FP2 Time A. Albon 1:28.649 (16th) 1:27.645 (13th) L. Sargeant – 1:27.809 (17th) F. Colapinto 1.29.078 (18th) –

Despite the challenges and the variable weather, Williams Racing had a promising start to their weekend at the British Grand Prix, with both drivers and team members optimistic about their progress and potential performance in the upcoming sessions.

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