A Missed Oppourtunity for George in Mexico
George Russell took the chequered flag in 16th place at the Mexican Grand Prix, advancing forward by three places over the course of the 71-lap affair.
After concluding the Asian leg of the 2019 championship at Suzuka, Formula One headed to the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez for the Mexican Grand Prix and 18th race of the 2019 season.
Making his debut on the tricky Mexico City-based circuit that is located 2km above sea level, George piloted his ROKiT Williams Racing car to 19th on the grid, outqualifying team-mate Robert Kubica for an 18th consecutive weekend this season.
Starting from the 10th row, George advanced his way through the field, overtaking Red Bull Racing’s Max Verstappen and Haas F1’s Romain Grosjean on Lap 1 to move into 18th place.
Amidst a strategy-driven race with high levels of degradation, George ran as high as 15th. Starting on a fresh set of Medium-compound tyres, the Briton utilised a one-stop strategy to his advantage, fitting the Hard tyres on Lap 22 to take P16 when the chequered flag waved.
George Russell - ROKiT Williams Racing Driver
“I made a great start and through turns one, two, and three I was in the right place at the right time and gained a load of positions. For turns four, five, and six though I was in the wrong place at the wrong time and lost them all. I spent most of the race right behind Robert, but I think he had a problem near the end and had to do an additional pitstop.
In the final 10 laps I was in clear air and the pace was extremely strong, so if I’d managed to hold onto those positions after the first few corners then I could have maintained them.
A bit of a missed opportunity and we should have finished higher.”
With Formula One arriving in North America, the 2019 campaign will continue at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas for the US Grand Prix - the 19th race of the season.
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