Gremlins grind George to a halt in Austrian Grand Prix
A fuel pressure problem forced George Russell to retire from the 2020 season opener.
After kicking-off the Grove-based team’s pre-season campaign on Wednesday morning – sharing driving duties on Day 1 – George was back behind the wheel of his 2020 challenger for the entirety of Day 2.
In the first four hours of the second day, George continued to complete aero running, building upon the findings of Day 1 before comparing tyre compounds, turning 70 laps en-route to fifth on the timesheets, 0.919s shy of Sergio Perez who was fastest for Racing Point.
Making changes over lunch, George took to the track again in the afternoon and maintained focus on the comparison of tyre compounds, wracking up an additional 46 laps to complete the equivalent of 539.98 kilometres on Day 2.
At the close of the day, George’s final standing was seventh, 1.175s adrift of Kimi Raikkonen who set the fastest time of the day before breaking down out on track to cause the first red flag of testing.
George Russell - ROKiT Williams Racing Driver
"It was a productive day. We have tested a lot of aero items to understand if everything correlates in the wind tunnel and CFD. We spent this morning doing a lot of rake running, which is beneficial for the short term and productive in the long run.
We had an issue over lunch which delayed our running this afternoon. Although everything did not go to plan, it was still productive, and this is what winter testing is all about.
We will keep pushing to get the most out of these six days of testing.”
With Nicholas Latifi taking to the track on Day 3, George will return behind the wheel in the second pre-season test in Barcelona next week, continuing his preparations for the start of Formula 1’s landmark 70th season that will commence on March 15 in Australia.
Photographs Courtesy of ROKiT Williams Racing