George climbs to P16 in Tricky Turkish Grand Prix
Wet conditions paired with a slippery resurfaced track continued to cause chaos in Istanbul for Formula 1’s Turkish Grand Prix.
Whilst on an installation lap to the grid, George unfortunately collided with the wall as he entered pit lane, breaking his front wing. The Williams team used the opportunity of pitlane start to their advantage, sending George out on the Intermediate tyres.
The Brit made good progress during the race, climbing to P11 before pitting on lap 32 of 58 but, the uncertain weather and slowly drying track suited neither the New nor Used tyres available and George had to make an additional stop for another set of Intermediate tyres on lap 42.
George Russell – Williams Racing Driver
“We made the decision to start from the pitlane, which was always the intention. On the laps to grid, I knocked the front wing off at the pit entry, but the guys did a great job to get the car fixed. The race itself was very tricky in the opening stages, but then we found ourselves in P11 and it was looking really promising, the car and tyres were feeling good. From then, the tyres dropped off, so we boxed for another set of intermediates which didn’t work. None of us were able to push the car to the limit, slipping and sliding around. This weekend wasn’t a lot of fun which is a shame as it is a fantastic circuit and we didn’t get the opportunity to fully appreciate it. A massive congratulations to Lewis, he keeps on delivering and is setting the bar for all of us to chase.”
George will return to track for FP1 for the Bahrain Grand Prix on November 27 at 11AM GMT.