George P15 in Formula 1’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix finale
George ended Formula 1’s season finale at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix in P15, taking 18th in the Drivers’ Championship.
After an encouraging Friday practice which was built upon with a 17th-placed performance in FP3, George used a mixture of Pirelli’s tyre range over the first part of the classification session and spent more time on the track as a result.
In the closing stages, the Briton was at threat – 0.009s shy of escaping the elimination zone – but with a late improvement, advanced to eighth by completing a 1:27.757s lap around the Northamptonshire venue.
While George ended Q1 in 15th position, it was enough to reach Q2 and again in the final moments of the second session, was only 0.078s adrift of a place inside the top 10.
A 1:27.455s lap showcased the Briton’s final efforts which was worthy of 15th on the grid and therefore enough to out-qualify team-mate Nicholas Latifi for the fifth time in five races.
George Russell – Williams Racing Driver
“I was pleased with that qualifying session and the lap felt good. It felt harder to drive than it did last week, the conditions are different, with new tyres and it is very windy here which makes it really tricky to drive. This week I had to give everything I had as it was very close, but I’m happy with the job. I think the mediums were the faster qualifying tyre today, which Romain used two sets of. We will have a new set to use tomorrow, so I think we are in a good position for the race.”
George will race 52 laps around Silverstone on Sunday to complete Formula 1’s 70th Anniversary Grand Prix.