Gremlins grind George to a halt in Austrian Grand Prix
A fuel pressure problem forced George Russell to retire from the 2020 season opener.
Building upon a positive first week of running at the home of the Spanish Grand Prix, George shared driving duties on the first day of Test 2 with team-mate Nicholas Latifi.
Taking to the track after the Grove-based squad collected additional rake data and completed some performance running, track conditions changed in the afternoon, allowing George to learn how the FW43 behaves in different circumstances.
Turning 58 laps during the four-hour window, George concluded the fourth day of testing with the 15th-fastest time, 1.593s adrift of pacesetter Robert Kubica.
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“We tested a number of aero items today to get a greater idea of the spectrum of our car from top to bottom. Some of the changes we made were not as positive as others but definitely for our understanding overall, it was constructive. Come the end of the day, the car was more consistent and nicer to drive so we now need to look into the data to understand why that was the case. Ultimately, that is what testing is all about.”
George will return to the cockpit on the final day of testing on Friday, completing a further eight hours in preparation for the first race of the 2020 Formula 1 season – the Australian Grand Prix.
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