Heartbreak in Imola as George crashes out of the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix.
George crashes out of the points and the Emilia RomagnaGP after contact with Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas in Imola.
George had to wait until the final day to get behind the wheel of the FW43B – testing for the full duration of the Sunday session in preparation for the first race in two weeks’ time.
George wasted little time before heading out on track for the first session of the day to amass 77 laps on the C2 compound tyre, setting his best lap time of 1:32.741 to place him into P8 by the end of the morning.
In the later session, George switched to the C5 compound tyres, setting a 1:30.117 laptime – a laptime was over 4s faster than George’s previous fastest laptime during the 2020 Bahrain GP – to push him into P6.
George Russell - Williams Racing Driver
It was a very productive day and we put a lot of laps on the board, 158 in the end. The team did a great job over these three days, we have had no reliability issues, and everything ran smoothly. Ultimately performance is what we are here for and I think we have a lot to analyse. Some of our competitors do seem very quick, but equally I think the conditions did not always favour us. We have lots to analyse but overall, it has been a positive test for the team
George will be back on track for FP1 in Bahrain as the 2021 season gets underway on March 26 at 11:30am GMT.