Difficult return to Mexico for George
George finished Friday in P20 after a gearbox issue forced him to end his FP2 prematurely as Formula One returns for the Mexico Grand Prix.
George began the FP1 session on a set of Medium compound Pirelli tyres as he took the track 10 minutes into the session.
The Brit slotted himself into P10 on the timings before returning to the pit to switch onto a set of Soft compound tyres.
George amassed 23 laps of the Mexican circuit to end the morning session in P17.
In FP2, George waited until 15 minutes into the session to take to the circuit, running a set of Hard compound tyres.
Unfortunately, a gearbox issue forced the Brit back into the pits without setting a lap time and ending his session with 45 minutes remaining.
George Russell – Williams Racing Driver
Unusually, we encountered several gearbox issues today and have consequently had to take a new gearbox which will give us a grid penalty. It’s not ideal but it’s Sunday where the points are awarded. FP1 on the other hand was a strong session for us. The car was feeling good, I found a decent rhythm and we showed some strong race pace. That race pace is going to be critical as the high altitude makes it really difficult for the cooling, for the brakes and for the power unit. If we’re on top of that then I think we can be on the front foot for the race.
FP3 for the Mexico Grand Prix will get underway at 5pm GMT on Saturday, November 6.