George nets P4 in Saudi Arabian Grand prix
George Russell narrowly missed out on a podium at the 2023 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix, with the British Formula One driver finishing fourth in Jeddah.
Due to reliability issues discovered post-qualifying, George took a new power unit, relegating him to start from the pits.
Pouring rain delayed the start of the race by one hour as the conditions improved.
With the track improving, George donned the Intermediate tyres as he lined up in the pits ahead of the start of the race.
As the lights went out, George quickly got to work, making his way into P18 by the end of the second lap.
Continuing to make progress, George made a move on the Alfa Romeo of Valtteri Bottas but made contact with the front wing of the Finnish driver’s wing, running off the
track but managing to re-join.
George improved into P16 after an early pit stop for Kevin Magnussen before an early safety car on lap eight for an incident between Zhou Guanyu and Nicholas Latifi
neutralised the race.
Once the race resumed, George began steadily chasing down Bottas for P15 before an on-track stoppage for Fernando Alonso brought out the Virtual safety car.
Taking advantage of the VSC, George dove into the pits, rolling the dice to switch onto the Medium Pirelli tyres, dropping him back into P17.
As the laps ticked away, George made his way into P14 before a second safety car for Yuki Tsunoda on lap 37 gave him the opportunity to pit for fresh Medium tyres.
Making good use of the fresh rubber, George made his way past Magnussen and Bottas and into P12.
Whilst chasing down the Haas of Mick Schumacher for P11, the duo made contact and George picked up a puncture, dropping him back into P14 as he limped round to
the pits for a set of Soft tyres.
Unable to make progress on Schumacher ahead, George made one final stop on lap 53 for a set of Softs to challenge for the fastest lap.
George took the chequered flag in P14 with the fastest lap but unfortunately received no points.
George Russell – Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One™ Team Driver
We took a risk today going on slicks and it could have paid off with the Safety Car but then I had the incident with Mick. I don't know what happened, we need to review it. I'm disappointed we didn't score any points this weekend, but I'm pleased that the issues with the brakes we experienced in FP3 had been resolved and our confidence restored. We showed how fast our car can be and I'm still proud of the team because we are making good progress. I got a lot of confidence and optimism from today that we do have a competitive car. It was an enjoyable race although out of the points - I like the challenging conditions that Singapore brings, but obviously, we want to finish much higher up. We have lots of work to do ahead of Suzuka but it was positive to experience the car's potential today.