George Maximises Monaco Grand Prix Qualifying Performance
George Russell extracted the maximum potential from his ROKiT Williams Racing FW42 in qualifying for the Monaco Grand Prix. The Briton out-qualified Robert Kubica for the 6th time this season in the intra-team Williams battle.
Formula 1 hits the streets of Monte-Carlo this weekend, where George made his debut on the iconic circuit for ROKiT Williams Racing.
George combined a mixture of high and low fuel running in preparation for the all-important Qualifying session on Saturday, as he built up to the limit around the treacherous and unique street circuit.
He set the 17th fastest time in FP1 and the 19th fastest time in the following FP2 sessions on Thursday, before Formula 1 took a break from track action on Friday.
Saturday was qualifying day, where track position is so crucial at the notoriously difficult circuit for overtaking.
George improved on each of his qualifying runs on the Soft compound C5 tyres, putting in a final lap time of a 1:13.477s – which was 0.3s faster than teammate Robert Kubica at the end of the qualifying session.
George Russell - ROKiT Williams Racing Driver:
"Friday was pretty cool and such a thrill to be driving around these streets in a Formula One car. I had fun out there especially on the low fuel, trying to get the most out of it was good experience. The car is not in the perfect window, on a track like this it punishes you a bit more. Monaco is a very unique place and we knew it was going to be tricky.
I felt like we maximised qualifying. I was pleased with my lap at the end, I put it all on the line and got the most out of the car. It was pretty fun and a thrill to complete a lap like that around the streets of Monaco. For the race, I need to keep it on the black stuff, out of the walls and pick up the pieces from other people’s mistakes."
The Monaco Grand Prix starts tomorrow at 14:10 (BST+1) where George makes his debut on the legendary streets.
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