George expecting difficult Sunday in Mexico
George finished qualifying in P13 but a five-place grid penalty places him into P16 ahead of Formula One’s Mexico Grand Prix.
In the final practice session of the weekend, George began on the Soft compound Pirelli tyres, putting in a 1.23.771 lap time on his first flying run to place him into P2 before returning to the pits as the rest of the field delivered their flying laps.
The Brit remained in the garage until the last 15 minutes of the session, moving from P20 into P12 before being pushed down into P17 by the end of the morning running.
In Q1, George took to the track on a set of Medium compound tyres but an early red flag for the Aston Martin of Lance Stroll halted the session with 11 minutes remaining.
Once the track was deemed clear, George re-emerged on a set of Soft tyres.
On his first run, George placed himself into P12 but was pushed down into P17 as the rest of the field delivered their flying laps.
In the final minutes of Q1, George was able to put in a 1.17.958 lap time to move out of the elimination zone and into P12.
In Q2, George hit the track on a set on Medium tyres to put in his best lap time of 1.18.172 to place him into P13 where he ended the day.
Due to a five-place grid penalty, George will start the Mexico Grand Prix from P16.
George Russell – Williams Racing Driver
The engineers and the mechanics did a great job as they have worked very hard over the last 24 hours changing two gearboxes, and a power unit between FP3 and Qualifying. At one point, it looked unlikely we would make it out for the session and here we are having qualified 13th so a big thank you to them.
My lap in Q1 was really strong. I couldn’t really improve in Q2 so I was a little bit disappointed, but all things considered, it was a good session. It’s going to be a difficult race tomorrow and everyone is going to have to be managing their engines because of the high altitude. Whoever manages this best will come out on top so there are opportunities to be had.
The Mexico Grand Prix will begin at 7 pm GMT on Sunday, November 7.