George Extracts the Maximum in Canadian Grand Prix Qualifying
George Russell set the 19th fastest time in qualifying for the 2019 Canadian Grand Prix at the Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve. The Briton makes his debut in Canada ahead of his teammate and former winner of the Canadian Grand Prix, Robert Kubica.
Free Practice 1 was George’s first taste of the high speed, Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve, were he acclimatised himself with the circuit in the opening 90-minute session, where former FIA Formula 2 rival Nicholas Latifi joined him in the FW42.
Across the two Friday Practice Sessions, George set the 19th fastest time in both sessions and completed 55 laps of mileage on Day 1 of running.
Saturday morning saw George complete another 17 laps and the 18th quickest time in Free Practice 3 before heading into Qualifying.
George maximised the package of the FW42, on a track they knew would be a challenge for the team, as he set a 1:13.617 to put himself 19th on the grid for the Canadian Grand Prix.
George Russell - ROKiT Williams Racing Driver:
“I enjoyed driving at the Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve; a new track for me. Our performance was as expected, the low fuel pace was on plan with our high fuel slightly better. It was a bit slippery at times, as anticipated, but overall, I enjoyed it. We have some work to do tonight to see what we can achieve tomorrow.
It was a positive qualifying. We maximised the package which is all we can do. I have a good feeling about the track, it has a nice flow to it and I enjoy driving here. We made a lot of set-up changes over night and it was a big improvement for the feeling of the car.
We knew this track would be one of the most challenging for us, but we got the most out of it so everyone in the team should be proud.”
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