George Extracts the Maximum in Abu Dhabi Qualifying
George Russell secured 18th on the grid for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, maintaining his 100% Qualifying record over team-mate Robert Kubica for the final race of 2019.
After completing over 300km of running during FP1 and FP2 on Friday, George continued to extend his experience in the final practice session of the season prior to qualifying on Saturday.
Extracting the maximum performance out of his ROKiT Williams Racing FW42 car, George secured 19th place at the close of qualifying to maintain his 100% qualifying record against team-mate Robert Kubica, outpacing the Pole by over half a second.
With Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas facing a grid drop after taking a new power unit for the final race of the season, George will line-up on the ninth row of the grid for the 2019 Formula One finale at the Yas Marina Circuit.
George Russell - ROKiT Williams Racing Driver
“It was a good final qualifying session for us. Prior to the weekend, and after yesterday, we were anticipating being a second away from the next car. I think we ended up being three tenths, and a second from Q2. You have to take the small victories and be pleased that we did the maximum with the car.
Tomorrow we will do our best, it is our last opportunity until next year.”
George will contest the 21st and final round of the 2019 Formula One season on Sunday where he will race 55 laps in Abu Dhabi to conclude his first full season at the pinnacle of motorsport.
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