Gremlins grind George to a halt in Austrian Grand Prix
A fuel pressure problem forced George Russell to retire from the 2020 season opener.
Doing battle on the virtual streets of Albert Park, Australia, George impressed in qualifying for the second race of its kind despite holding little experience in the run-up to the event.
Posting a 1:19.728s lap, George lined up second on the grid alongside Charles Leclerc, with provisional polesitter Christian Lundgaard demoted to sixth after receiving a grid penalty.
Securing a strong start, George held second into Turn 1 and defended the position deftly in the opening stages of the race, holding back Arthur Leclerc and Lundgaard behind.
Losing grip in the first corner of the fifth lap, George dropped back, however, quickly closed the gap to the podium fight, inheriting third when Leclerc Jr spun.
Swapping his race-starting Softs for a set of Mediums at the close of lap 9, George rejoined the race in fifth, re-gaining third when Jenson Button and Andre Heimgartner pitted.
Maintaining third until the chequered flag waved after 29 laps of racing, George secured the final podium position ahead of Arthur Leclerc and Antonio Giovinazzi.
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