George aiming for strong finale on Williams return in Abu Dhabi
George made a promising start to Formula 1’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on his return to Williams for the 2020 season finale.
After a successful outing for Mercedes at the Sakhir Grand Prix in which he scored his first Formula 1 World Championship points, George returns to his Williams team for the final race of the season.
The Brit ended FP1 in 16th position, running the Medium compound Pirelli tyre as he refamiliarised himself with his FW43.
For FP2, all the drivers were required to complete 10 laps of testing of the 2021 Pirelli tyre before continuing with their own run programmes.
George and the team opted to run the Soft compound Pirelli tyre in preparation for Qualifying.
But his session was brought to a premature end when a suspected MGU-K issue forced him into the pits for the remainder of the session while the team investigated.
George Russell – Williams Racing Driver
“It was nice to be back and to see all of the team as this is where I have been for the last 18 months. We are all working hard to try and end the season strong. Throughout the sessions, we struggled on pace, and Kimi [Räikkönen] and Kevin [Magnussen] looked really fast out there.
We still have a lot of work to do for tomorrow to improve the car to fight for Q2, especially after having our FP2 cut short. Our focus is to set the car up for Sunday so that we can go out there and give it our all.”
George will return to track for the final free practice session of the season at 10am GMT on Saturday December 12.