Well, this is not quite true. Russell on lap 19 did a lap time of 1:17.608 and 1:17.599 the next lap, then he hit traffic. Kubica did a 1:17.749 on lap 31 and his fastest lap of 1:17.388 on lap 32 like you state, and then did 3 more laps in 1:17 (5 laps in 1:17) in total, but then his pace dopped to 1:18.5ish to the end of the race. I dont think he was in any traffic, except for beeing lapped. Russell on the other hand was doing lap times in 1:17.5 when he was out of traffic (21 laps in 1:17) .netoperek wrote: ↑Sun May 26, 2019 7:04 pmIt's a shame that circumstances made it look different, but on the track where many critics suggested he would struggle with his hand, for the first time this season Robert has been better than Russel, who has been not too shabby either. Kimi damaged Roberts front wing on lap one, but the damage have not been bad enough to validate change. Decision not change during SC has been arguably not the wisest, but I get they wanted to diversify and it's not a surprise they play their tactics for George. Giovanazzi's attack happened with Robert on P15 just behind Kimi. After about 20 laps and finally pitting for hards, Robert has been able to register nearly 2s faster laptimes than George, despite "defend mode", then he sped up, gaining 2.6s a lap to the pack. About lap 30ish Kubica has already been doing 1.17.3 ( GR will get to 1.17.5 only at 61st lap iirc), faster than many other drivers on the track at the moment. From team radio, it looked like Robert wanted to gain as much ground before being lapped and then pit for fresh tires instead of loosing time being pushed aside when blue flagged. This didn't happen and worse yet, he had to "go defend" to "do Hamilton" and nurse the tires to the end.
After the race, when asked about strategy calls, he only responded that he always thought that driver in front gets a priority...
Anyways quite good race overall for Williams. At least they got some racing this time. Both drivers drove well and without mistakes, let's just hope the car will get more competitive next round.
Kubica did have a battle scared car, but he still did a couple of quick laps with it. I dont think it was problem with the tires, the times didn't deteriorate, but were mostly in the same ball park. Was he just not pushing knowing he 18th is the best he could do and just go to the finish with as litle risk as possible? Or was this lack of motivation and frostration that Williams didn't pit him before Russell?