George Hits Back from FP3 Issue in French GP Qualifying
George Russell extended his qualifying score advantage against his teammate Robert Kubica at Le Castellet, after putting in a 1:32.789s lap time to put in the 19th fastest time of the session. Due to a technical problem in FP3, he will however start from the back of the grid.
George headed into qualifying at Le Castellet with a far from ideal preparation after a disrupted program on Friday and Saturday morning.
Free Practice 1 saw Reserve Driver Nicholas Latifi in action in George’s car, meaning the Briton’s first taste of the circuit was in Free Practice 2 on Friday afternoon – where he condensed his programme into the 90-minute session.
Saturday morning saw George side-lined for most of the session due to a Power Unit electrical issue, meaning he required a change of his Control Electronics before qualifying – therefore he lost another session of running, as well as picking up a grid penalty for Sunday’s French Grand Prix.
Despite no qualifying preparation, George improved on every run to set a lap time that was impressively 0.5s quicker than his teammate at the end of qualifying in his FW42.
George Russell - ROKiT Williams Racing Driver:
“Friday was as expected and I enjoyed it. Missing FP1 wasn’t ideal but I know the track well, so I got into the rhythm pretty quickly. Circuit Paul Ricard has a nice flow to it and the car felt alright. Overall, I enjoyed the laps out there and the pace was what we expected. We must keep on improving the car balance to make the most out of the package this weekend.
We maximised today’s qualifying session. This weekend I have only completed a third of the laps as I missed FP1 and FP3, so to put a good lap on the board was pleasing. Overall, I am satisfied with my performance and let’s hope for a good race.”
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