Fifth podium of the season for George in Budapest
George claims P3 and his fifth podium of the year at the Hungarian Grand Prix.
As rain hung in the air, George lined up from pole position on the Soft tyres as he eyed up his first Formula One win.
When the lights went out, George made a lightning getaway to lead into Turn One and keep the Ferrari duo at bay.
Debris on track brought out the Virtual Safety car, neutralising the race briefly as it was cleared.
On lap three of the 70-lap race, the green flag waved and George got the jump on the Ferraris again to lead, maintaining a two-second gap between himself and Carlos Sainz Jr.
George maintained the lead until lap 17 when he pitted to switch onto the Medium tyres, re-emerging in P6 to fight against Fernando Alonso.
Sweeping past Alonso and his teammate Esteban Ocon, the Brit made his way into P4 before gaining a further position as Sergio Perez pitted.
Capitalising on pit stops ahead of him, George took the lead for the race once again but a hard-charging Charles Leclerc put the pressure on but George remained resilient to defend his position.
The Brit held off the Ferrari driver until lap 31 when the Monégasque driver got past George and push him down into P2.
Opting for a two-stop strategy, George pitted for a second time on lap 39 for another set of Medium tyres to re-join behind the Red Bull pair but quickly passed Perez into P5.
Continuing to progress up the field, George made his way into P3 and applied pressure to Leclerc before snatching P2.
In the closing stages of the race, George battled intensely with his teammate Lewis Hamilton but was unable to hold onto the place, crossing the finish line in P3 to take his fifth podium of the season.
George Russell – Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One™ Team Driver
I had a really strong start, and it was a first good stint. We pitted quite early on both stints and tried to keep the tyres out until the end, as well as pushing as fast as possible at the same time. Towards the end on the mediums when the rain started to come down, I struggled and lost temperature. It was challenging to manage the tyres, so there's lots to look into and see where we could've done better.
Amazing job by the team, pole position yesterday and double podium today. We're making progress and I'm proud of the work everybody has put into it. We will come back to the second half of the season with a reset, refocussed and will try to fight for some victories.