George readied for the Hungarian Grand Prix
George Russell is primed and ready to return to the Hungaroring for the Hungarian Grand Prix – the third round of the 2020 Formula 1 World Championship.
After two weekends of competition at the Red Bull Ring in Austria, the Briton heads to Budapest to complete the final part of Formula 1’s triple-header season-opener.
Having raced at the circuit every year since 2016, George holds extensive experience around the venue and in 2019, delivered Williams Racing with one of its most competitive showings, extracting every ounce of performance to take 16th in qualifying, only 0.053s shy of Q2.
At 4.381kms-long, the Hungaroring demands high levels of downforce and excellent ride characteristics while a range of low, medium, and high-speed corners places increased importance on car balance with accuracy required for every type of turn.
Overtaking is notoriously difficult in the venue’s 14 turns and this, therefore, places emphasis on one-lap pace in qualifying – an area in which George has excelled at thus far after ending Williams’ 23-race Q2 drought at the Styrian Grand Prix, taking 12th.
George Russell – Williams Racing Driver
“I am really looking forward to Hungary. I think the circuit characteristics will suit our car better than Austria did. We have got a bit of work to do off the back of the race in Austria, as our race pace wasn’t as strong as our qualifying pace, so we need to understand why. Nevertheless, Hungary is a great track, it is one of my favourites and it will be fun to drive around that circuit again.”
George will take to the Hungaroring on Friday morning in FP1 in preparation for qualifying on Saturday and the race on Sunday which will see the field of 20 complete 70 laps of the venue.