George P14 after difficult Sprint in Monza
George will start Formula One’s Italian Grand Prix from P14.
In the second and final practice session of the weekend, George join the session 15minutes into FP2, opting to run the Soft compound Pirelli tyres and placing himself into P15 on his first flying run.
With 32 minutes on the clock, the session was interrupted after a heavy crash for the Ferrari of Carlos Sainz Jr brought out the red flag. Thankfully, the Spaniard was able to walk away.
With 17 minutes remaining, the track was cleared, and the green light showed in pitlane as the field filed back out onto track.
As the minutes ticked down, George was placed in P12 before being pushed down into P14 where he ended the session.
For the Sprint, George lined up on the grid in P15, opting for the Medium compound Pirelli tyres.
A difficult start dropped the Brit down into P17 on the first lap.
A crash for the Alpha Tauri of Pierre Gasly brought out the safety car on Lap 1 of 18, bunching the pack up and preventing any overtaking.
At the end of lap three, the safety car came in and racing resumed.
George quickly set to work to regain some positions, overtaking the Haas of Mick Schumacher for P16 before setting his sights on Schumacher’s teammate Nikita Mazepin.
By lap six, George had caught the second Haas driver for P15 and began chasing down the next position.
Despite fighting hard for 12 laps, George was unable to catch his teammate Nicholas Latifi and ended the Sprint in P15.
Due to penalties, George will gain one position and start the Italian Grand Prix from P14.
George Russell – Williams Racing Driver
We made a poor start and off the line I got overtaken by a few cars. However, we then made a good recovery and I managed to pass some cars and fight back. The race was going alright, the pace felt good but we then had an issue with the front wing. I had massive understeer, and the car was not handling how it should have been which compromised the race. In the end I ended up in the same position that I started, this time behind Nicholas, so now we move onto tomorrow.
The Italian GP will take place at 2pm BST on Sunday September 12.