P6 for George in disrupted Qualifying at Zandvoort
George ends Saturday’s qualifying in P6 after late yellow flags interrupt his final run at Zandvoort.
For the weekend's final practice session, George focused solely on running the Soft Pirelli tyre.
Making a late start, George took to the track 15 minutes into the session to set his first flying lap of 1.12.934 and put himself into P2 on the timings before returning to the pits.
After dropping down the timings into P5 by the middle of the session, George returned to the track to put in his best lap time of 1.11.698 and take himself into P2 where he ended the FP3.
George made an incredible start to Qualifying, putting him into P2 with a 1.11.561, his best time of the session but dropped down the order into P6 by the end of Q1, securing his place into Q2.
A flare on track brought out the red flag in the opening minutes of Q2 but was quickly cleared away and George headed out on a set of brand new Soft tyres.
Setting a 1.11.418 on his first flying lap, George moved into P4 before returning to the pits to change onto another set of new Softs.
The Brit improved once again on his final run to place into P2 with a 1.10.824 to clinch a place into the final qualifying shootout.
In the final qualifying session, George put in his first run on a set of used Soft tyres to take him into P4 before returning to the pits to switch onto new Softs.
On his final run, George put in two green sectors and was on course to improve before late yellow flags for Sergio Perez caused the Brit to abort the lap and end the day in P6.
George Russell – Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One™ Team Driver
I think on a circuit like this, there is so much track evolution and when we are already on the back foot, we felt like we need to give it everything and that was our strategy in Budapest as well. The track kept evolving and if you are the last one to cross the line, you are going to hopefully get the best of the track so it goes both ways, you can look like hero or zero. And obviously today it didn't quite work for us but P6 isn't a terrible place to start and the run into Turn 1 and those first few laps will be vital. But I see no reason why we can't fight for a podium. I hope the sun comes out and combined with the orange fog, creates a bit of temperature in the atmosphere tomorrow. We understand why we were slow in Spa and why we are faster this weekend, so I think these two races have been key to our understanding of how to make a faster car across 23 races.