Contact Ends George's Eifel Grand Prix Prematurely
It was an early exit from the inaugural Eifel GP for George after contact at Turn 1 resulted in broken suspension and a puncture, forcing him to abandon his stricken Williams on Lap 14.
George was poised to return to the historic circuit where he has achieved success in the past but with weather conditions failing to improve, the track lay quiet for both FP1 and FP2 sessions – the pit lane closed.
Despite the lack of on-track action, George remained in good spirits during the morning by holding an Instagram Live session, giving a tour of his weekend living quarters to the thousands who tuned in.
George next headed into the Williams Racing garage in which he found team-mate Nicholas Latifi who was trying to boost team morale with some much-needed hot teas and Lavazza coffees.
With improved weather predicted for Saturday and very little time for preparations, the inaugural Eifel Grand Prix is set to be a whirlwind of quick learning as Formula 1 returns to the 5.148km venue.
George Russell – Williams Racing Driver
“It is a shame not to do any laps today, but it gives us a really exciting opportunity tomorrow to head into qualifying with only one hour of FP3 under our belts. It will probably be slippery conditions in FP3, possibly dry for qualifying and then wet for Sunday. It will be a very mixed weekend; I will be getting a good night’s sleep tonight to try and nail it tomorrow. I really feel for the fans and the supporters who have tuned in from all over the world to watch practice, so let’s hope we put on a good race for them on Sunday.”
George will complete one hour of practice in the run-up to qualifying on Saturday before contesting 60 laps of the Nürburgring on Sunday afternoon.