George Makes Constructive Progress on Friday in Austin
George Russell made positive progress on Friday at the Circuit of the Americas, making his debut on the Austin-based circuit ahead of the 19th race of the 2019 Formula One season.
Flying to Austin following the Mexican Grand Prix, George was set to get his first taste of the high-octane Circuit of the Americas [COTA], prepared to learn a new track for the second time in two weeks.
Sitting out FP1 in place of Nicholas Latifi, George made his debut in a Formula One car at COTA in second practice. Completing 37 laps, the Briton made a positive start, outpacing ROKiT Williams Racing team-mate Robert Kubica by over half a second to end the day with the 19th-fastest time overall.
George Russell - ROKiT Williams Racing Driver
“I really enjoyed driving this circuit, it has a nice flow to it and felt very fast, although our pace was as the team predicted. Track conditions were bumpy but didn’t compromise the lap too much. It wasn’t ideal, but it added more character to the circuit and I’m looking forward to getting back out there over the weekend.
On a side note, good luck to the England players in the Rugby World Cup final.”
George will have one final hour of practice before contesting qualifying for the United States Grand Prix ahead of Sunday’s race.
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