George Promoted to P10 Start for StyrianGP
George will start Formula One’s Styrian Grand Prix from P10 despite missing out on a place in Q3 by eight thousandths of second.
George’s Saturday got off to a steady start as the British driver ended the final free practice session on P14 after 23 laps of the picturesque Austrian circuit.
As Q1 got underway, George wasted little time getting on track and start getting lap times on the board putting him in P12 after five minutes of the session. However, as the rest of the grid began delivering their flying laps, George was pushed into the elimination zone in P17.
With only two minutes remaining on the clock, George put in his final flying lap of 1.05.033 to push himself up into the P12 and through into Q2.
In Q2, George lingered in P13 for much of the session before delivering an incredible 1:04.671 lap time to push him into P10. Unfortunately, the Alpine of Fernando Alonso managed to snatch the final Q3 position from the Brit by a mere eight thousandths of a second, placing George into P11.
A post qualifying 3-place grid penalty for the Alpha Tauri of Yuki Tsunoda moved George into P10 for the StyrianGP.
George Russell – Williams Racing Driver
“I was pushing to my absolute limits in qualifying and the car really came alive when it mattered, so the lap felt really strong. It’s frustrating when we were so close to Q3, eight thousandths of a second really is nothing, but we’ll have tyre choice in P11 tomorrow so that’s a good place to be. The team is putting a lot of effort into race pace at the moment, so to still get a great result on Saturday is very pleasing. We’re here on merit today; we did a good job and the car is feeling strong. There’s no reason why we can’t keep the others behind us tomorrow, I’m not looking in my mirrors, I’m looking forward, and I want to get inside that top 10.”
The StyrianGP will begin at 2pm on Sunday June 27.