Contact Ends George's Eifel Grand Prix Prematurely
It was an early exit from the inaugural Eifel GP for George after contact at Turn 1 resulted in broken suspension and a puncture, forcing him to abandon his stricken Williams on Lap 14.
After Friday’s free practice sessions were cancelled due to inclement weather conditions, Saturday’s FP3 was a crucial learning period for all drivers. Despite a busy circuit and a moment which saw him surf across the turf before re-joining the track, the lone remaining free practice session was productive for George and his team.
Unfortunately, in qualifying, George was unable to put a lap together to move himself up into Q2, missing out by around half a tenth. George will line up in P17 for Sunday’s race, alongside teammate Nicholas Latifi in P18 and behind the HAAS duo of Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen.
George Russell – Williams F1 Racing Driver
"I am a little bit disappointed; I think Q2 was possible if we had put everything together. It was tough in these cold conditions; the tyres are really difficult to get working. In FP3 they were working well, and the car was feeling great, but I couldn’t get the same feeling in qualifying. That was a shame as we were so close to Q2 and I think we had the potential today. In ordinary circumstances we know exactly where we are so I am really excited for what the weather may bring tomorrow. Hopefully it will be mixed and create a bit of chaos. It will be an interesting race andI am ready to fight tomorrow."
Sunday’s race will commence at13:10 BST