George ends Monaco qualifying in P6
George takes P6 in an eventful qualifying in Monaco.
Making a steady start to the final practice, George took to the track on the Soft Pirelli tyres to deliver his benchmark lap time of 1.16.037.
As the track developed throughout the hour-long session, George continued to collect valuable track data, amassing 26 laps of the iconic circuit to end FP3 in P9 with a 1.13.476.
Moving into the crucial qualifying sessions, George immediately joined Q1 on a set of Soft tyres as he set out to secure his place into Q2.
The Brit placed himself into P5 quickly in the early stages of the session but was pushed down into P9 after pitting with seven minutes remaining.
Re-emerging for the final four minutes, George delivered a 1.13.678 to move into P3, securing himself a place into Q2.
George’s Q2 session got off to a difficult start as the Brit was forced to abort his first flying lap but he quickly recovered to put his W13 machine into P7 on his first full run.
As the rest of the field put in their best times, George was pushed down into the elimination zone but, in the final moments, he secured himself a place into Q3 with a 1.12.617 to move into P9.
In the final qualifying session, George took to the track on a set of used Soft tyres, slotting into P7 on his first run before improving one place into P6.
A late red flag due to crashes for Sergio Perez and Carlos Sainz Jr. brought the day to a premature end, ensuring George a P6 start for tomorrow’s race.
George Russell – Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One™ Team Driver
The ride of the car has been our biggest limitation all weekend and while P6 is not a result to be celebrating, I think we pretty much maximised it out there with the package we have. The team has worked incredibly hard to give us the most compliant set-up possible, but we saw in Barcelona that our strengths were speed on the straights and the high-speed corners - and there's none of either in Monaco! So looking at it objectively, there's no reason we should be any higher up today.
From my point of view, looking to tomorrow I'm thinking: bring on the rain! Nobody knows how the tyres will be in the wet, so we need to keep it out of the wall, be there at the end and roll the dice on strategy if we can.