George back on track in Friday practice in Austria
George Russell completed a stringent practice programme for Williams Racing at the Red Bull Ring ahead of Formula 1’s 2020 season-opener in Austria.
The 22-year-old completed 27 laps in the morning 90-minute session to post a 1:06.495s run around the 4.318km-long venue, placing 17th.
In the afternoon, George clocked a further 40 laps and improved his overall lap time by 0.370s, outpacing team-mate Nicholas Latifi by 0.999s in doing so to take 18th overall after showcasing encouraging long-run pace.
Over the three hours of running with George at the helm, Williams Racing focussed on the test and refinement of a handful of set-up options for the weekend alongside the gathering of data that will be integral to the future development of the FW43.
George Russell – Williams Racing Driver
“It was fun to get back behind the wheel and my body took a bit of time to get used to the g-force again. It was a productive and encouraging day; our low fuel pace isn’t as good as our high fuel pace, where we seem relatively competitive. By the end of the day, I was back in the groove and happy in the car. We are going in the right direction, and that was our main focus.”
George will return to the track on Saturday, completing one final practice session ahead of qualifying for the opening round of the 2020 World Championship.