George Wraps Up Pre-Season Testing with a Marathon Session
George Russell completed a mammoth 140 laps today to wrap up his pre-season testing duties for ROKiT Williams Racing at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.
George took the wheel of the FW42 this morning for the final time before his Grand Prix debut, emerging from the pits for a few short stints with an array of aerodynamic rakes attached to the car to gather crucial data.
The Brit was then unleashed to complete the remainder of the morning’s testing programme, hitting 45 laps by the lunch break with a best time of a 1:18.130s – the fastest lap set by the car so far.
George was straight back out on track following the lunch break, focusing on long run pace as he completed his final preparations before the season-opener in Melbourne.
The reigning Formula 2 Champion amassed a total of 140 laps over the course of the day, setting the 10th fastest time of the session in the process.
This brings an end to George’s pre-season testing schedule, with his lap count totalling 299 laps and over 1390 km of running for the team across both weeks.
Attention now turns the Australian Grand Prix on 15-17 March, where George will make his racing debut as a Formula One driver.
George Russell - ROKiT Williams Racing Driver:
"I’m definitely very happy with the number of laps we have done, but at the end of the day it is all about the laptimes and we still have some time to find.
We have made a big step from when I jumped in the car on Tuesday, after Robert was in the car yesterday, and hopefully when he jumps in the car tomorrow we will find another step.
We understand the issues, we recognise that and are doing everything we can to rectify them. We have work to do but I am still very focused, motivated and I am very much looking forward to Australia."
Paddy Lowe - ROKiT Williams Racing Chief Technical Officer:
“It was another great day weather wise, and again a very ambitious programme with three segments. We ran some more aerodynamic measurements in the morning, this time with our very largest rake assembly.
We spent the second part of the morning on qualifying practice, running four sets of new tyres at low fuel. In the afternoon we focused on a race simulation mixed with a range of tests which went generally to plan despite the red flag interruptions.
Overall, we achieved some high mileage with great feedback from George, and we will be doing more of the same with Robert tomorrow."
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