George Impresses in Qualifying for United States GP
George Russell put in an impressive qualifying performance for ROKiT Williams Racing at the United States Grand Prix, beating team-mate Robert Kubica for the 19th time this season.
After getting his first taste of the Circuit of the Americas in FP2 on Friday afternoon, George advanced his Formula One experience of the 5.513km-long venue in final practice for the 19th race of the season, completing a total of 52 laps prior to qualifying.
Taking to the track in Q1, George once more emerged at the head of the intra-team ROKiT Williams Racing battle, maintaining his 100% qualifying record over team-mate Kubica this season, finding a 0.517s advantage over the Pole.
Also outqualifying Racing Point’s Sergio Perez, George ended the session with the 18th-fastest time, missing out on a maiden spot in Q2 after briefly outpacing Alfa Romeo team-mates Antonio Giovinazzi and Kimi Raikkonen on his final run.
George Russell - ROKiT Williams Racing Driver
“I’m really enjoying driving the circuit and the conditions are warmer than yesterday. As the team predicted, we are further away than normal, and this track doesn’t suit our car at the moment.
There was slightly more time on the table and getting the tyres in the optimum window on an evolving circuit is challenging, nevertheless it was a good lap.
I’ll go out there tomorrow, have fun and gather more information for next year.”
George will contest the United States Grand Prix and the 19th race of the 2019 Formula One season on Sunday afternoon where he will complete 56 laps of the Circuit of the Americas.
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