‘Difficult’ day for George in the Netherlands
George ends a busy, stop-start session in P20 ahead of Formula One’s first Dutch Grand Prix in 36-years.
The FP1 session got off to a steady start as George headed out of the Medium compound Pirelli tyres for his first taste of the Dutch circuit in a F1 car.
After 15 minutes of running, George was P12 in the timings. However, any on track action was halted due to a mechanical issue for the Aston Martin of Sebastian Vettel.
Despite the red flag, the clock continued to tick down without any running.
With only six minutes remaining, track action resumed, and George ventured back out on a set of Soft compound Pirelli tyres.
George was able to put in a 1;13.181 lap time to end the morning session in P15.
The start of FP2 was delayed by five minutes due to a technical issue before commencing with George starting the session on the Hard compound tyres.
George was running in P19 when a mechanical issue for the Mercedes of Lewis Hamilton brought out a red flag.
Thankfully, the red flag delay was only brief, and George was able to get back on track to refamiliarise himself with the circuit on a set of Soft compound tyres.
A second red flag brought the session to another halt after the Haas of Nikita Mazepin became beached in the gravel and the field returned to the pits.
Once the track was clear, George returned to the track and, with 18 minutes remaining, George was P20 in the timings where he would remain for the remainder of the session.
George ended FP2 in P20 after a busy session.
George Russell – Williams Racing Driver
It was a great experience driving this circuit today. I think it’s definitely a driver’s favourite, it’s very undulating and all the banking is great to drive. It’s fast, flowing and you can’t put a wheel wrong and that is what we all want from a race track. It wasn’t easy out there though and it was a very interrupted day with all the red flags. There’s therefore not a huge amount to take away from today but the pace isn’t quite as we’d like. Nevertheless, a few improvements overnight and I think we will be able to make some good steps. The traffic is also really difficult to manage with this short lap and I think that it is going to be key to get a clear run tomorrow, particularly in Q1.
FP3 for the Dutch Grand Prix will take place from 11am BST on Saturday September 4.