Difficult Qualifying in Singapore for George
Wet weather and technical issues hamper George’s Qualifying progress as the Brit misses out on Q3 by 0.006s in Singapore.
As the rain poured across the Singapore circuit, the clock began kicking down, but pit lane remained closed until conditions improved.
With 30 minutes remaining, pit lane opened, and George donned the Wet tyres but quickly returned to switch onto the Intermediate tyres.
The tricky conditions and limited running saw George end FP3 in P9 with a 2.01.010.
With the track slowly drying, George took a set of Intermediate to put in a 1.57.099 on his first run to place into P2 but was pushed down into P6 as the rest of the field
put in their first flyers.
Switching to a fresh set of Intermediates, George put in his best time of 1.54.633 to secure his spot into Q2 in P6.
In Q2 as the track continued to dry, George returned to the track on another set of Intermediates to slot into P7 on his first run before pitting.
Re-joining on a fresh set of Intermediates, George improved on his previous lap time to put in a 1.54.012 but was pushed down into the elimination zone in P11, narrowly
missing out on Q3 by 0.006s.
George Russell – Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One™ Team Driver
I was struggling with a brake-related issue, pushing me into the corners. The grip felt good, I just couldn't get around any corners. I kept understeering off, which is such a shame. I don't think we'd have been any better in Q3, because of that problem. We've seen some indications in the data and I hope we can resolve it until tomorrow. Obviously, it's disappointing for myself and the whole team as the car was looking strong here. Lewis was really fast, but unfortunately, I couldn't make it work. It's still an encouraging weekend for us all in all, but obviously, we're here to score points and ultimately this is a qualifying track. Fortunately, the degradation is looking high and it could be a two-stop race tomorrow.