P4 for George in Mexican Grand Prix
George takes P4 and fastest lap in Mexico City.
Lining up on the Medium tyres, George took his place in P2 alongside Max Verstappen ahead of the 71-lap race.
As the lights went out, George made the run down to Turn One with teammate Lewis Hamilton chasing behind but ran off across the kerbs allowing Hamilton and Sergio Perez through and dropping him down into P4.
The Brit maintained his place as he chased down Perez ahead, taking half a second out of the Mexican before early stops for both Red Bulls moved him into P2.
A pitstop for Hamilton on lap 30 promoted George into the race lead briefly until the Brit pitted four laps later to switch onto the Hard tyres and re-emerge in P4.
George struggled with the Hard tyres as he attempted again to chase down Perez ahead as he maintained P4.
A stoppage for Fernando Alonso brought out a brief Virtual Safety Car in the final six laps of the race as his Alpine machine was recovered.
Making a last attempt to clinch the extra point for the fastest lap, George dove into the pits for a set of Softs on the final lap to claim the additional point and take P4 at the end of the race.
George Russell – Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One™ Team Driver
I had a good start but lost two positions in the first lap and our strategy with medium-hard was not the right one in hindsight. I couldn't get the hard tyre working as there was just no grip. Red Bull and Ferrari both started on the softs and we need to understand why the other teams opted for the soft as that looked like the right strategy for this race. So that's clearly our learning for today, as we might have been able to get closer, being on the same strategy.
Nevertheless, as a team we're making progress and I'm very happy about that.
I'm intrigued to see how Brazil goes, although I don't think we will be quite as competitive as in Mexico, but still a huge positive takeaway from this weekend and a great job by the whole team.