P2 for George in frenetic Dutch Grand Prix
George claims second place and his sixth podium of the 2022 Formula One season at Zandvoort.
After a difficult qualifying, George lined up from P6 on the Medium Pirelli tyres alongside the Red Bull of Sergio Perez.
As the lights went out, George lost a place to his countryman Lando Norris, dropping him down into P7 but by lap four of the 72-lap race, the Brit made his way past Norris to reclaim the spot.
With the first wave of pitstops for the Soft runners, George moved up a further four places into P2 behind teammate Lewis Hamilton.
After stretching the Mediums out until lap 31, George pitted to switch onto the Hard compound and re-joining in P5.
Once the tyres were fully up to temperature, George made light work of getting past Perez to take P4 before moving up a further place after Charles Leclerc pitted.
A brief virtual safety car for Yuki Tsunoda gave George the opportunity to pit again for a fresh set of Medium tyres to re-emerge back into P3.
An issue for Valtteri Bottas brought out a full safety car on lap 55 as the Fin stopped on track and seized the chance to pit once again, switching onto the Soft tyres for the final laps of the race.
With only 12 laps remaining, the track was cleared, and racing resumed with Leclerc swarming all over the back of the Brit, but George was able to fend him off and carry on with his charge.
On the fresher rubber, George swooped past Hamilton on the start/finish straight and into P2.
Taking the chequered flag, George ended the Dutch Grand Prix in P2, his best finish of the season so far.
George Russell – Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One™ Team Driver
It's been an incredible reception here, a really special feeling for all of us drivers to come racing in Zandvoort and in Holland. As a team we showed incredible pace today, I know the team result wasn't quite what we hoped for, but this gives us a lot of confidence and a lot of faith going forwards. It's incredible to see three different teams on the podium and we as Mercedes are slowly getting closer to that top step, so let's keep on pushing. Not an easy decision for the team to make with the final safety car - when you're in front with track position, you've got a shot to go for the win which is what we did. But this is what we as Mercedes are here to do, we're here to win. And the 2000 people back in the UK, at Brackley and Brixworth, are all working to get us that win, so today we took a decision to give us the best chance of that. Our qualifying performance yesterday probably cost us most this weekend because if we were on the second row, I think we'd have been fighting even more for the win. But from race one in Bahrain, being a second off, to this weekend and having the fastest race car is incredibly impressive and everyone in the team should be very proud.