A difficult Sunday for George at the Red Bull Ring
George Russell experienced a difficult afternoon at the Red Bull Ring for the inaugural running of the Styrian Grand Prix.
For the second round of the 2020 Formula 1 World Championship, the Briton secured his best qualifying performance to date, bringing about an end to Williams’ 23-race Q2 drought by taking 12th.
A three-place grid penalty for Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc promoted George to 11th on the grid for the race and from the outset, the 22-year-old made an impression on the top 10, jumping four-time champion Sebastian Vettel off the line.
When Lance Stroll overtook up the inside of Turn 5, George slipped back to 11th place before the deployment of the safety car at the end of the opening tour which neutralised the action out on track.
The green flags waved at the end of lap 3 and George immediately came under pressure from Kevin Magnussen who attempted to overtake on the restart.
Defending deftly, George held off the Haas driver to maintain the position, however, lost grip around the outside of Turn 6 to run wide as a result and drop to 18th.
Despite this excursion, George continued to fight forward and pitted on lap 34 to swap his race-starting soft tyres for a set of Mediums for his second stint in which he overtook team-mate Nicholas Latifi, ultimately finishing in 16th.
George Russell – Williams Racing Driver
“Firstly, I need to say sorry to the team. I completely messed it up in the early stage of the race. I made a good start and maintained the position and was trying to hold it on the outside of Turn 6 and just completely lost it. There was no grip out there and I need to say my apologies to the team. Who knows what today could have been, but I’ll bounce back next week.”
The third part of Formula 1’s triple-header will take place next weekend as the paddock heads to the Hungaroring for the Hungarian Grand Prix.