Day of learning for George in Turkey
Damp conditions hindered George’s chances of improvement as the Brit finished Formula One’s Turkish Grand Prix in P15.
After a morning of rain, a wet track meant all the drivers opted for the Intermediate compound Pirelli tyres as they lined up on the grid.
As the lights went out, George dropped down two positions from P13 to P15 but an early incident between Pierre Gasly and Fernando Alonso moved George into P14.
The Brit held onto the position until lap 6 of 58 when he was overtaken by the Ferrari of Carlos Sainz Jr, moving him back into P15.
George maintained P15 ahead of his teammate Nicholas Latifi before pitting on lap 36 for a fresh set of Intermediate tyres and re-joining in P16.
A spin for the Aston Martin of Sebastian Vettel promoted George one position back into P15 as he continued to pursue the Alpha Tauri of Yuki Tsunoda ahead of him.
As the laps ticks down, George had to go on the defensive to keep Alonso at bay, but the Brit was able to hold onto the place and taking the chequered flag in P15.
George Russell – Williams Racing Driver
It was definitely not an easy race today. The first 10 laps or so felt pretty good but as the intermediate tyre started to wear down on the dry line it became increasingly difficult.
The conditions were quite unique as, even though that dry line was appearing, because of the cloud cover and the temperature it wasn’t close to switching over to the slicks.
We can definitely learn something from today though as, even though we didn’t quite have the pace we would have hoped for, it was very difficult for everybody to manage.
FP1 for the United States Grand Prix gets underway at 5:30pm BST on Friday, October 22.