George takes P2 and first F1 podium at Spa
George claims his first Formula One career podium finish with P2 in a delayed Belgium Grand Prix.
Race day’s weather forecast continued in the same manner as the rest of the weekend with the race being declared wet.
Due to the track conditions, the race start was delayed by 25 minutes before the formation lap got underway.
Unfortunately, due to the heavy rain and track conditions, the race was red flagged, and a lengthy delay ensued whilst the conditions improved for all the drivers.
After a three-hour delay, the race got underway behind a safety car.
The field completed two laps behind the safety car before the red flag was brought out.
The clock continued to count down whilst the cars set in pitlane but, with 33 minutes remaining, the race was abandoned, and George claimed P2 and his first ever career podium.
George Russell – Williams Racing Driver
The conditions were incredibly difficult out there and even in second with only one car in front, sometimes I couldn’t even see Max (Verstappen) ahead. I’m really sorry for everyone at the track and those watching around the world that we couldn’t race but safety has to come first.
It’s a strange feeling as I’ve never had a race finish like this in my career, but a podium is a podium and we will take it no matter what. We were rewarded for the amazing job we did as a team yesterday. Obviously if the race had gone ahead today it would have been incredibly difficult for us to hold our position, but you’ve got to take it as it comes.
It was only last race in Hungary that I scored my first points for Williams and here we are standing on the podium at the Belgian Grand Prix! It is a reward for all of the hard work everyone in the team has put in over these past three years.
The Formula One paddock moves on to Zandvoort for the Dutch Grand Prix on Friday September 3 with FP1 beginning at 10:30am BST.