George secures first points with Williams in dramatic Hungarian Grand Prix
George ends Formula One’s Hungarian Grand Prix in P9 to claim his first point-scoring finish with Williams Racing.
Before the cars had reached their grid positions, the rain began to fall, and the race was declared wet.
As the lights went out, George was able to capitalise on a turn one collision between multiple drivers, moving himself up nine positions and into P8.
Due to the debris was the first lap incident, the race was red flagged as the track was cleared.
Once the track was cleared, the race was due to get underway from a standing start with George in P7, but the Brit opted to change tyres and therefore started from pitlane along with all the grid except the Mercedes of Lewis Hamilton.
As the race got underway for the second time, George made an audacious move as he left pitlane to move into P2 but was instructed to return the positions he gained, slotting him back into P7.
George maintained his P7 position until lap 22/70 when he pitted to change from the Medium Pirelli tyres onto the Hards before re-joining in P10.
As the laps ticked down, George gained ground between himself and the Haas of Mick Schumacher and, by lap 33, the pair were battling it out for P9.
A hard defending Schumacher did not make things easy for George but going into turn two on lap 34, George swept around the outside of the German driver to claim the position.
George was able to maintain the position, despite a late charge from the Red Bull of Max Verstappen, to end the day in P9 and two points.
A post-race penalty for Aston Martin's Sebastian Vettel promoted George into P8 with four points.
George Russell – Williams Racing Driver
“I’m so happy for everyone and I’m a bit lost for words. It was an incredible race. My final stint was probably the best of my whole career as I was fighting like crazy, fending off Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen. I’m just so pleased for everyone because it’s been a big slog over the last two-and-a-half years for me, and three-and-a-half years for the team, so these points are really deserved. Really well done to Nicholas too, he made an amazing start and drove a really great race. Finishing eighth and ninth, we couldn’t really have done much more today.”
George will return for the Belgium Grand Prix on Friday August 27 from 10:30am BST for FP1.