Emotional weekend ahead for George in Abu Dhabi
Formula One heads to Yas Marina Circuit for the final round of the 2021 season for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
The 5.281km circuit boasts one of the longest acceleration stretches on the calendar with a 1.2km long straight between turns five and six, making it the prime overtaking spot.
Ahead of the 2021 race, renovations to the track were made to widen the hairpin at turn seven as well as replacing a series of 90-degree bends at the second back-straight with a banked turn to increase overtaking opportunities.
George will sit out of FP1 for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix as Williams reserve driver Jack Aitken takes his place, but George will return for FP2.
George Russell – Williams Racing Driver
We head to Abu Dhabi for the final race of the season and what is sure to be a weekend full of mixed emotions as my journey with Williams comes to an end. It has been an incredible three years with the team, with many highs but also some lows, but I am determined to go out in the best possible fashion and help the team secure eighth place in the Constructors' Championship. It would be a fitting reward for all the hard work and efforts from everyone at Grove over the past few years as we've battled back from our difficulties when I first joined the team. I am sure there will be plenty of feelings and emotions after the Grand Prix on Sunday but until then, my full focus is on the track and putting together a strong weekend.
I always enjoy racing at Yas Marina and have happy memories from winning the FIA Formula 2 title there in 2018. I'm also looking forward to tackling the revised layout, which I think will help to create an improved spectacle, and hopefully be beneficial to our car’s performance across the event.
FP1 for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix will get underway on Friday, December 10 from 9:30 am GMT.