George anticipating challenging weekend for all in Portugal
After enjoying the thrill of new tracks in Nürburgring and Mugello, George is looking forward to F1’s debut at the Algarve.
Despite early drama in the Nürburgring which forced him to retire, George is upbeat ahead of his return to the Portuguese circuit after a five-year absence.
The 4.6km undulating circuit boasts a layout of sweeping climbs and drops, all leading to the plunging run down the final right-hand corner at Galp before leading back into the pit straight.
Due to the rained-off Friday free practice sessions at the Eifel GP, George’s Williams team will be keen to get on track and collect some much-needed data both for itself and Pirelli. As the tyre manufacturer has brought its hardest compound tyre along, George will spend the opening 30 minutes of FP2 testing the rubber.
George Russell – Williams Racing Driver
‘I am really looking forward to Portugal as it is a new circuit on this year’s calendar. It is a really great track and I haven’t raced there since 2015. It is very undulating with a lot of character, which is what all drivers love. It will be a challenge for all of the teams with no previous data to rely on, which will hopefully mix things up.’
FP1 will get underway on Friday at 11am BST.