George P11 ahead of Dutch Grand Prix after Q2 crash
George ends qualifying for the Dutch Grand Prix in P11 despite a Q2 crash.
In the final practice session of the weekend, George opted to wait until 15minutes into the session before taking to the track on the Medium compound Pirelli tyres.
After his first run, George was able to put himself into P13 before a red flag for the Ferrari of Carlos Sainz halted the session.
Once the track was clear, the session got underway again and George returned to the track.
The British driver was running in P18 before putting in 1:11.274 lap time to take him into P6.
As the minutes ticked down, George dropped into P14 where he ended the FP3 session.
In Q1, George took to the track for his first run on a set of Soft compound tyres, placing himself in P2 but, as the rest of the field began delivering their flying laps, he was pushed down into P11.
With only three minutes remaining on the clock, George moved himself into P5, but he was unable to hold onto the position and dropped into P11.
At the end of Q1, George was P11 in the timings, safely advancing into Q2.
In Q2, George began the session on the Soft compound tyres, putting in a 1:10.332 lap time and place him in P2 before a flurry of fast laps from the rest of the field pushed him down to P11 and the elimination zone.
With only four minutes remaining, George began his second flying run. Unfortunately, the Brit crashed into the barrier at Turn 13, bringing out the red flag but he was able to keep the car running to get it back to the garage.
Despite being able to return to the garage, George and the team opted not to participate in anymore of Q2. The session was ended prematurely after a heavy crash for George’s Williams teammate Nicholas Latifi, thankfully he was ok.
George will start the DutchGP from P11 on the grid.
George Russell – Williams Racing Driver
Unfortunately, I made a mistake on my final run. I was pushing to my maximum and I was on a really good lap but the rear tyres were right on the limit. I just attacked the final corner too hard and lost the rear of the car, as I knew it would be tight for getting into Q3. We picked up a little bit of damage on the rear suspension but thankfully the gearbox is fine, and it’s nothing that the guys and girls won’t be able to fix overnight. At that point, the lap would have been good enough to promote me into the top-10 so apologies to the team as that is not how I wanted to finish my qualifying session. It’s a circuit that everyone is really going to struggle to overtake at and nobody knows how the tyres are going to react, so it will be interesting to see how the race pans out tomorrow.
The Dutch Grand Prix will get underway at 2pm BST on Sunday September 5.