P5 for George in disrupted Monaco Grand Prix
George continues his top five finishing streak at the Monaco Grand Prix.
With heavy rain falling, the race start was delayed as conditions improved.
Once the rain had subsided, a new start time was announced, and the race was declared wet and, due to the standing water, would begin behind the safety car with a rolling start.
Making a clean getaway, George was able to put some distance between himself and Fernando Alonso as he pursued Lando Norris ahead for P5.
The tricky track conditions caught George out early on as the Brit ran on at the Nouvelle Chicane on lap nine but was able to maintain his P6 position.
As the track conditions improved, George was able to capitalise on an early stop for Norris to move into P5 before pitting to switch from to the Hard Pirelli tyres on lap 22, re-emerging behind Charles Leclerc.
A heavy crash for Mick Schumacher brought out the Safety car on lap 27. Thankfully, the German driver was able to walk away from the incident.
Due to barrier repairs, the race was red-flagged on lap 30 and the field filtered back into the pits.
After a lengthy delay, the race was given the green light to resume with 45 minutes remaining on the clock.
Switching to the Medium tyres for the second rolling start, George set about trying to catch the Ferrari of Leclerc ahead of him.
Unable to close the gap between them, the Brit maintained his position whilst nursing some graining on the Medium tyre to bring his W13 machine over the line in P5.
George Russell – Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One™ Team Driver
That was a tough afternoon out there, very physical with the bumpy ride of the car, and a long afternoon across a range of conditions. It was tricky in the wet, holding onto the wet tyres for as long as possible, then I had a nice dice with Lando after the stops - and some strong pace on the hard tyre. It was tough on the medium in the second part of the race, with a lot of graining towards the end, but P5 is still a decent result.
We encountered some of the limitations of our car at this track, but we've learned a lot and can put that to good use in the coming weeks to take another step forward. Overall, it's a decent result and I'm confident that we've got stronger days ahead of us.