George Heads ROKiT Williams Racing Duo in Bahrain Qualifying
British Formula One Driver George Russell once again led the battle for ROKiT Williams Racing, placing one position in front of his teammate Robert Kubica for the 2019 Bahrain Grand Prix.
Following on from his strong showing at the Australian Grand Prix a fortnight ago on his F1 debut, George was strong out of the blocks at the Sakhir International Circuit – a track he knows well, after he lined up on the front row last season, in his championship winning FIA Formula 2 Championship campaign.
Friday practice saw George complete 26 laps in Free Practice 1 and a further 32 laps in Free Practice 2, setting the 19th fastest times on both occasions.
Saturday morning for Free Practice 3, George increased his lap tally by a further 14 laps, lapping with a best time of 1:33.387s.
Qualifying was a struggle for both driver and team, but Russell managed to set a 1:31.759s lap time on his final lap, moving him ahead of his teammate to put himself 19th on the grid for tomorrow’s race.
George Russell - ROKiT Williams Racing Driver:
"I enjoy driving in Bahrain it’s a really nice track with a good flow to it. I think we are very slightly closer, as the circuit generally suits the team more than others, but we are where we expected.
FP1 was quite a challenge, however I think everybody was struggling out there in the hot conditions. FP2 was much nicer to drive but the lap times are still a long way off and we have a lot of work to do. Whilst we are in this position, we need to use it to optimise everything else so when the car does become competitive, we are ready to pounce.
It was a very difficult Qualifying session however, for whatever reason the car wasn’t handling anywhere near as great as it was yesterday in FP2.
My laps were really messy and far from the potential of the car, which is a shame.
We know we are not fighting in the mid-pack but we still need to optimise what we have, and today we didn’t do that."
Tomorrow’s Bahrain Grand Prix starts live on Sky Sports F1 HD at 16:10 (UK Time), where George will be racing under the lights for the first time in his Formula One career.
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