George Optimises Brazilian Grand Prix Qualifying Performance
George Russell delivered ROKiT Williams Racing with 18th place in qualifying for the Brazilian Grand Prix, outpacing team-mate Robert Kubica for the 20th time this season.
Advancing his experience of the Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace in practice, George demonstrated encouraging pace over the course of Friday in Sao Paulo, completing 54 laps to secure the 11th and 19th fastest times in FP1 and FP2 amidst tyre warmup issues.
Growing in confidence in FP3, George once more found an advantage over Robert Kubica when qualifying arrived, with the Briton outpacing his team-mate for the 20th time this season, finding a 0.488s advantage.
Also finishing ahead of McLaren’s Carlos Sainz Jr who experienced power unit issues in the first part of qualifying, George secured 18th at the close of the session and a place on the ninth row for Sunday’s race.
George Russell - ROKiT Williams Racing Driver
“Qualifying was as we expected. The car felt pretty decent and it was good fun driving around this circuit. We are where we are, and we tried to make the most of it. It’s always tricky when the track is improving so much with every lap. I was pretty pleased with my effort, however, there was a bit more time on the table.”
George will contest the 20th round of the 2019 Formula One season on Sunday where he will complete 71 laps of the Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace for the Brazilian Grand Prix.
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