George impressed with ‘incredible’ Istanbul
Despite a tricky free practice Friday, George feels positive about his FW43 ahead of F1’s first Turkish Grand Prix in nine-years.
The unexpectedly slippery track conditions proved challenging for George and the rest of the grid throughout the Friday sessions as most struggled to generate adequate tyre temperatures on the resurfaced track.
Set-up changes for the afternoon session allowed George and the team to improve the tyre performance and, despite a spin on a high fuel load, make strong progress forward meant he ended the afternoon in 17th.
However, after having to take a fourth ICE, turbo and MGU-H of the season, George is likely to start Sunday’s race from the back of the grid but will make the most of his qualifying sessions to get a further feel for the unfamiliar circuit.
George Russell – Williams Racing Driver
“It was incredible, I have never ever experienced anything like this in a race car. I hope the track rubbers in a bit tomorrow, gets faster and more grippy because it was not fun out there. It is going to be a massive window of opportunity for everybody this weekend if you get it right though. We struggled to get the tyres switched on in FP1, but we got them working in FP2, and from then the car was feeling great and our long high fuel pace was really strong.”
“It is a shame we will be starting at the back, but there is optimism because there will potentially be big gaps between cars. Because of our strong Saturday performances, we’ve been battling with faster cars behind us on Sundays, so I am excited to be the one attacking now and see what we can do in the race.”
George will be back on track for FP3 on Saturday November 14 at 9am GMT.