Late heartache for George at DutchGP
A late issue forced George to retire with only two laps remaining at the Dutch Grand Prix, classifying him in P17.
George and his Williams team opted to begin the race on the Medium compound Pirelli tyres as he lined up P11 on the grid.
When the lights went out, George was able to hold off the Aston Martin of Lance Stroll in P12 to maintain his P11 position.
The Brit fought hard to maintain his position before pitting on lap 28 of 72, switching from the Medium tyres onto the Hard tyres and re-joining in P15 with Stroll still fiercely pursuing him.
Unfortunately, George was handed a five-second time penalty for speeding in the pitlane to be served at his next pitstop or to be added onto his time at the end of the race.
George steadily began to make up places, overtaking the Alfa Romeo of Robert Kubica into T1 for P13 by lap 33.
By lap 49, George has made his way back up into P11 with the Red Bull of Sergio Perez behind him. However, by lap 50, the Mexican driver overtook George for the position, knocking him into P12.
George held on to P12 for the remainder of the race until a late mechanical problem forced him into the pits to retire on lap 70 and classify him in P17
George Russell – Williams Racing Driver
Our race was respectable. The first stint was good, keeping up with Antonio Giovinazzi and the McLarens ahead. When I pitted, I pushed it to the maximum on the pit entry. It’s a really tricky entry here and I overdid it slightly unfortunately.
The five second time penalty didn’t really compromise our race though and we would have come home either 12th or 13th if we hadn’t had to retire the car with a gearbox issue a few laps from the end. I am already looking forward to next weekend in Italy; Monza is a completely different track to here where we run almost minimum downforce compared to Zandvoort which is almost maximum downforce. We also have the sprint race too which will offer opportunities.
FP1 for the Italian Grand Prix will take place on Friday September 10 from 1:30PM BST.