George claims 12th in Bahrain after horror crash brings out an early red flag
George took a P12 finish in Formula 1’s Bahrain Grand Prix after climbing an impressive six places during the race.
During the initial race start, George dropped several places down the grid but a scary crash for Haas’s Romain Grosjean on lap one caused the race to undergo a long red flag period.
Thankfully, the Haas driver was able to extricate himself from the crash and avoid major injury.
George and his Williams team then used the delay to change onto a new set of Medium Pirelli tyres.
George then ran a strong race around the Bahrain International circuit, pitting for fresh Hard Pirelli tyres on lap 20 of 57 for the first of his two-stop race strategy.
The Brit took his second pit-stop on lap 39, switching to the Medium Pirelli compound for the final stretch.
George finished the race in 12th position ahead of Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel in 13th and his Williams’ team-mate Nicholas Latifi in 14th.
George Russell – Williams Racing Driver
“I am pleased with the job we have done this weekend. I dropped places on the initial start but from the restart I came from P18 to P12, and in the race managed to keep Vettel behind us, while overtaking [Antonio] Giovinazzi and [Kevin] Magnussen, plus fighting with [Daniil] Kvyat. I think it is a job we can be pleased with, and I think we can leave saying we got everything out of this weekend. It’s not a point but it is the maximum that we could do today.
“It is incredible that Romain walked away from the crash. I am just pleased that he is ok and extremely thankful that we have the halo. I am proud of the work that the FIA and F1 have done for the safety over the recent years.”
George will return to track for the second race of the triple header on Friday December 3.