Russell 7th in FIA Formula 3 World Cup after Macau Pole
Hitech GP driver George Russell made his debut at the historic Macau Grand Prix for the 63rd running of the event, competing to win the FIA F3 World Cup.
After a fantastic start too the weekend, taking pole position for the opening race in Budapest, George's luck started to unravel as the weekend went by. Firstly his lap time in qualifying was erased after a track limit offence, meaning he started from 2nd on the grid for the first race.
George quickly took the lead in the opening race and began too pull a commanding lead until the 5th lap, as the rear right tyre began too de-laminate. Trying as he might too defend his podium position, George sadly had too retire with the tyre too badly damaged to continue.
The second race saw George start from 5th on the grid. After quickly rising too the podium, George endured a race long battle with Guan Yu Zhou, eventually finishing the race in fourth
Race three took place in soaking wet conditions, requiring a safety car start. After 2 laps under the safety car the race began. George quickly despatched of 2nd place and saught out catching the leader Maximillian Gunther. The Hitech GP driver demolished a 2 second gap in just three laps to be right on the leaders gearbox.
On lap 6, George had a great drive coming out of turn 10, giving him the momentum to go up the inside of the leader. Gunther refused to yield and tried to hang onto the lead around the outside of Russell, where they banged wheels, taking both drivers out of the race.
Hitech GP teammate Ben Barnicoat inherited the lead and took Hitech GP's first win of the season.
George Russell "It was a quite disastrous weekend for me, missing out on a potential 2 victories. But i’m extremely happy for the team that the victory went to my team mate in race 3 and Hitech finally got the win they so deserved. "
The next round of the championship visits the iconic Pau Circuit for the Grand Prix du Pau.
Report: Hitech GP
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