George Russell Drives W09 on Day 1 of Budapest In-Season Test
Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport Reserve Driver George Russell, completed his first day of testing this season for the team in the 2018 Formula One World Championship leading W09 machine.
Before Formula One heads into the summer break, the team returned to the Hungaroring for in-season testing, with George Russell behind the wheel of the Mercedes-AMG F1 W09 EQ Power+. The current Formula 2 Championship leader completed 49 laps in the Formula One car.
Today's programme focused on aero rake data collection. The team also logged data on the vibration of engine and chassis components during the test. George's mileage was compromised by a gearbox issue - which interrupted the run plan in the morning, before a brief downpour halted proceedings in the afternoon.
George's best time of 1:19.781 was set on the 'SuperSoft' Pirelli tyre compound in the afternoon session. The BRDC Superstar completed a total of 215km for the team on Day 1 of the Budapest In-Season Test.
George Russell "It's been fantastic to get back behind the wheel of the Mercedes Formula One car. The speed, power and downforce are just completely on another level, so as soon as I jumped in this morning I had a massive smile on my face.
Unfortunately, we didn't quite do as many laps as anticipated owing to some rain this afternoon and a couple of small issues this morning.
Nevertheless, it's been a really good day for me and I think the team learned some things, which is important. Now I'm looking forward to tomorrow."
George will be back in action tomorrow to complete the Budapest In-Season Formula One test for the team.
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