George ready to ‘give it all’ at Bahrain Grand Prix
George ends Saturday in P9 after Q3 gamble ahead of Formula One’s Bahrain Grand Prix.
George began the final practice session on the Hard compound Pirelli tyres before quickly returning to the pits, re-emerging on the Soft tyres.
He delivered a 1.34.470 lap time on his first run to put him into P5 before improving to 1:32.935 to move him into P3.
The Brit ended the session in P4 ahead of the first qualifying session of the year.
Taking to the track on Soft tyres, George began his first run in Q1 to place into P9 before improving into P5.
In the final moments of the session, George was pushed down into P9 but advanced into Q2.
George slotted himself into P6 in Q2 and maintained the position throughout the session to take him into Q3.
Continuing on the Softs, George’s first run put him into P2 before he was quickly pushed down into P6.
On his final run, George put in a 1.32.216 lap time but was unable to move any higher than P9 where he will start Sunday’s race.
George Russell – Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One™ Team Driver
Today wasn't ideal for me, I went one second slower in Q3 than I did in Q2; with only one set of fresh tyres for Q3, I tried something different on my out-lap and it didn't work. I'm glad I tried something because we want to be fighting Ferrari and Red Bull.
We had one shot, maybe it was too risky but we're here to fight for podiums and victories, not to settle for P5 and P6. The pace of our car is definitely behind Ferrari and Red Bull, and ahead of the rest of the midfield, so my target for tomorrow is to get ahead of that group. We're trying absolutely everything at the moment to solve our global issues with the car. We all knew with the regulation change that anything could happen, the only promising thing is we have major issues and we're still the third-fastest team. If we were in this position and everything felt great, then we'd be a little bit puzzled.
It’s race day tomorrow and I'll be giving it my all.
The Bahrain Grand Prix will take place on Sunday, March 20 at 3pm GMT.