George prepared to give it all in Saudi Arabia
George ends Friday at the Jeddah Corniche Circuit in P6 as he prepares for qualifying for Formula One’s Saudi Arabian Grand Prix.
George briefly joined the circuit on the Soft compound Pirelli tyres but immediately returned to the pits.
After only 15 minutes, the session was red flagged due to debris, halting all running.
26 minutes into the session, the track was deemed clear, and action resumed with George taking to the circuit soon after for his first run, putting in a 1.35.821 lap time to take him into P15.
George improved on his lap time to 1.32.839, amassing 18 laps during FP1 to end the session in P15.
After a delayed start to the evening proceedings, George quickly took to the track on a set of Medium tyres, placing himself into P6 with a 1.31.583 lap time on his first run.
As the track continued to develop and conditions became more representative to race day conditions, George improved into P5 by the mid-point of the session.
George finished the day in P6 with a 1.30.644 lap time.
George Russell – Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One™ Team Driver
It's great to be back on the Jeddah circuit, extremely high-speed and exhilarating for the drivers, but we are still experiencing the same issues we faced last weekend in Bahrain. We know we still have a lot of work to do to close the gap on Red Bull and Ferrari. We'll be fighting to maximise our opportunities for points this weekend and giving it our all tomorrow in qualifying. Anything can happen around here so it's important we're in touching distance to capture as many points as possible.
The final practice session of the weekend will begin at 2pm GMT on Saturday, March 26.