George 'satisfied' with SpanishGP performance
After some impressive fights with the mid field, George ends Formula One’s Spanish Grand Prix in P14.
It was a difficult start to the SpanishGP for George as he dropped back two places into P17, but he was soon able to reclaim P16 from Haas’ Mick Schumacher.
An early safety car for the stricken Alpha Tauri of Yuki Tsunoda offered the British driver the opportunity for an early pit stop after only 10 laps of the 66 lap race as he swapped his Soft (C3) compound Pirelli tyres for the Medium (C2) compound before rejoining the race in P17.
Once the safety car was removed, George wasted little time, slipping his FW43-B machine ahead the Haas duo and into P15.
As the laps ticked down and they approached the middle of the race, George capitalised on the rest of the field opted to pit for their first stop, moving him into P7 before pitting for his second stop of the race for fresh Medium tyres.
With fresh rubber and other drivers yet to pit for a second stop, George moved up into P10 in the latter stages of the race, behind Alpine’s Fernando Alonso in P9.
Unfortunately, George was unable to hold onto the position and ended the SpanishGP in P14.
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“We have to be satisfied with the job we did today. The car in the race today felt good and I felt really confident, however the result doesn’t quite reflect that, as we started P15 and finished P14. We were on the one-stop and the guys around us were on the two-stop. I was battling with Fernando (Alonso) trying to pass him and the guys behind me were on the brand-new soft tyres which were much faster. As soon as I got passed by one, they all came past. The tyres were on the limit, I was on the limit and the car was on the limit. That was the maximum and I am really pleased we opted with that strategy as it gave us half a chance. We were so close to a much better result and hopefully we have more of these race weekends. To be battling there on merit was a great job.”
George will be back for the MonacoGP on Thursday May 20 for FP1 at 10:30 AM BST.