Heartbreak for George in Styrian Grand Prix
A power unit issue forces George out of the points and out of Formula One’s Styrian Grand Prix.
After a successful qualifying and a post qualifying on Saturday, George started from P10 on the grid and, as the lights went out, the British driver was quickly able to move up one position into P9 after a collision ahead of him.
By lap two of the 71 lap race, George was up into P8 where he remained behind the Alpine of Fernando Alonso until the first round of pit spots.
George pitted on lap 25, changing on to the Hard compound Pirelli tyres. Unfortunately, due to a power unit issue, the pit stop was longer than expected as they attempted to rectify the issue.
The Brit re-joined the race at the back of the grid but was ultimately forced to retire the car due to the issue.
George Russell – Williams Racing Driver
“Unfortunately, we had a very rare issue with the power unit that we’re still looking into. It’s such a shame as we’ve been working so hard and we were in a great position to capitalise on a strong week. I had a good start today and was managing my tyres well in P8, so everything was great up until then. Racing is cruel sometimes, but we’re all pushing together, and these things happen. I’m looking forward to going again next week.”
George and his Williams Racing team will be back for the Austrian Grand Prix on Friday July 2 for FP1 at 10:30am BST.