George gears up for double-header home GP at Silverstone
George Russell enters the British Grand Prix in a motivated and determined mindset as the Williams Racing driver prepares to contest a pair of races at the historic Silverstone Circuit.
After a one week break in racing action following a triple-header season-opener in Austria and Hungary, Formula 1 returns for the next three weekends, first visiting Northamptonshire and the home of the World Championship.
While the British Grand Prix marks George’s home race, it is also the home event of Williams Racing as the Grove-based team travels a mere 40-miles north to contest what will be its 46th and 47th races on home soil since its F1 entry in 1977.
At 5.891kms-long and despite facing multiple layout changes in past seasons, Silverstone maintains its reputation as being one of the fastest tracks on the calendar while multiple corners – such as the Maggotts and Becketts complex – remain as some of the most difficult in motorsport.
With an encouraging start to the season after making two consecutive Q2 appearances in qualifying, George continues to go from strength to strength, all while the performance of his FW43 challenger continues to improve.
George Russell – Williams Racing Driver
“It is going to be a strange feeling going to Silverstone for my home Grand Prix without any fans. I am incredibly excited to go driving again at one of the best circuits of the year though, as it is always a joy to drive around Silverstone and I will be giving it everything I have got.
“It will be nice to have two races in the UK this year; I will be staying on site in a motorhome which will be a nice experience for me and something a bit different to usual. I think our pace won’t be quite as strong as we saw in Budapest. In Hungary we well and truly exceeded expectations, and things were working really well for us in qualifying. I expect us to go back to our reality which is probably a more similar pace to what we saw in the first week of Austria. Nevertheless, myself and the team will be giving it all we have got.”
George will roll out of the pit lane on Friday morning for first practice in which he will prepare and refine set-up and strategy for qualifying on Saturday and the race on Sunday.