George completes extensive running on Friday at Silverstone
George Russell completed 288-kilometers of running in practice for the British Grand Prix as the 22-year-old prepares to contest his home race and the fourth round of the 2020 Formula 1 World Championship.
In hot conditions as temperatures reached 35ºC, George focussed on the continual refinement of the set-up of his FW43 challenger, trying to find the right balance between straight-line performance and the downforce demanded by Silverstone’s high-speed corners.
A disrupted opening practice session saw George turn 23 tours of the 5.891-kilometer-long venue which resulted in a 1:29.899s run – a lap that was worthy of 17th at the close of the 90-minute session.
This lap was improved by 1.128s in the next practice window which again saw George classify 17th after completing a further 26 laps, bringing his total for the day to 49 – almost a whole race distance.
George Russell – Williams Racing Driver
“It was difficult out there today, the pace was ok, probably where we expected it to be. As a team this circuit does not suit our car as much as Hungary. The Alfa Romeos seem pretty fast so I think we will be in competition with Haas this weekend. We are trying to find the right compromise between downforce and drag. We have got a lot of straights here but a lot of high-speed corners so you need to try and run as little as you can without compromising Copse, Maggotts and Becketts.
“Silverstone is my home race, last year was such a buzz with all the fans and sadly we don’t have that this year. However, the excitement levels are more because of the pace of the car. We are still not where we want to be but at least we have a small fighting chance.”
George will again take to the track on Saturday where he will participate in the final practice session of the weekend prior to qualifying.