‘Frustrating’ qualifying as George finishes P13 in Turkey
A difficult day in Istanbul for George as an error on his final flying lap denies him a place in Q3 for Formula One’s Turkish Grand Prix.
Rainfall overnight meant the final practice session of the weekend was declared wet.
With the tricky, wet conditions, George opted to wait until conditions had improved.
20 minutes into the FP3 session, George took to the track on the Intermediate compound Pirelli tyres.
Unfortunately, after only two laps, George spun at Turn 2, beaching his FB43-B in the gravel, bringing out the red flag and ending his session before he was able to set a lap time.
In Q1, George began the session on the Soft compound tyres, setting the quickest lap time with 13 minutes remaining.
George remained within the top 10 for the majority of Q1 until the final moments when he was pushed down into P11, moving comfortably through into Q2.
George began Q2 on the Medium compound tyres, placing himself into P13 on the timings after his first run.
The Brit continued this charge to improve on his position until the final moments of the session.
However, a moment at the final corner on his last flying run meant he was unable to improve and ended the day in P13.
George Russell – Williams Racing Driver
There were too many mistakes on my side today. At the end of Q2, I was on a really strong lap which would have easily been good enough to get us through to Q3. I unfortunately lost all the time in the last corner which is a big shame as the lap up to that point was incredible.
I’m really trying to push the boundaries at the moment, but I went over it today and it’s not good enough from my side. The conditions weren’t easy but it’s the same for everybody and I expect more from myself.
It’s going to be an interesting race tomorrow as the green track means that nobody knows for sure what the right strategy is going to be and how the tyres are going to perform.
Unfortunately, it’s now going to be much harder for us starting from 13th rather than inside in the top 10, so it’s frustrating.
The Turkish Grand Prix will begin at 1pm BST on Sunday, October 10.