George continues Q2 streak in British GP qualifying
George Russell continued his impressive Saturday streak in qualifying for the British Grand Prix, once more advancing to Q2 for Williams Racing.
After refining the set-up and balance of his FW43 over the course of three hours of running in Friday practice, George completed 17 further laps in FP3 on Saturday morning in preparation for qualifying.
At the start of the classification period, George lay down a benchmark 1:27.074s run in the opening stages and slipped through the field to 15th, improving to ninth after finding a 0.337s advantage to progress to Q2.
In the second stage, the Briton produced a 1:27.092s run which left him at risk of elimination. After failing to improve on his final flying lap, George ultimately took 15th, 0.591s shy of the top 10 while successfully outqualifying team-mate Nicholas Latifi.
George Russell – Williams Racing Driver
“We have got to be pleased with our performance. It is three races in a row now we have been faster on Saturday and slower on Sunday, and so we tried to set the car up more for Sunday, so I was quite surprised with the performance we had today. The car felt great it was really fun driving around the track. Once we made it to Q2 we always want more, but our realistic goal was to out qualify the Haas and the Alfa, because the next team, AlphaTauri were just too far ahead. I was pleased with the job I did, and we will see what happens tomorrow.”
With a five-place grid penalty, George will start the British Grand Prix from 20th where he will complete 52-laps and 306-kilometers of racing.