P9 and points for George in Monza
George secured P9 and two more points at the Italian Grand Prix as Formula One’s second triple-header comes to an end.
Starting the race on the Medium compound Pirelli tyres, George lined up P15 on the grid.
As the lights went out for the 53-lap race, George was able to make up two positions into P13, capitalising on an incident between Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz Jr and Alfa Romeo’s Antonio Giovinazzi.
George was able to hold onto P13 until lap five when he was overtaken by the hard charging Mercedes of Valtteri Bottas, moving him down into P14.
The British driver maintained P14 until lap 24 when he moved into P12 after early pitstops from his teammate Nicholas Latifi and the Aston Martin of Sebastian Vettel.
A crash for Red Bull’s Max Verstappen and Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton brought out a safety car on lap 26 with many of the field seizing the opportunity to complete their pitstop, moving George into P8.
Williams utilised the safety car, opting to pit George for a set of Hard compound tyres a lap later and re-emerging in P9 ahead of Alpine’s Esteban Ocon.
On lap 31, the safety car was removed, and racing resumed with George being hotly pursued by Ocon in P10.
George was able to hold off the Frenchman for the remainder of the race to claim P9 and two points
George Russell – Williams Racing Driver
We were on the track in the right place at the right time when the Safety Car came out and gained a couple of positions in the pitlane. The last stint after that was then really strong with Alonso ahead of me and Ocon behind me and we managed to maintain the gap.
We’ve now scored points at three of the last four races which at one point seemed pretty unbelievable. We got a little bit fortunate with all the incidents today but again we put ourselves in the right position and were there to capitalise. At the end of the day we’ve beaten an Alpine, an Aston Martin, and both Alfa Romeos so we just need to keep this momentum going.
I also want to say a massive well done to McLaren. Daniel and Lando are really great guys and a one-two for them is pretty epic.
F1 will move onto Sochi for round 15 of the 2021 season, getting underway on Friday September 24 with FP1 at 9:30am BST.