Positive Friday at Silverstone for George in mixed conditions
George ends Friday’s action in P8 after a day of mixed conditions hampers track time.
The Silverstone weekend got off to a truly British start as the rain set in moments before the first session of the weekend got underway.
George opted to take to the track as soon as possible on a set of Intermediate Pirelli tyres, completing only one lap before returning to the pits.
As the rain continued to fall, George remained in the garage until the final minutes of the session as he ventured back out.
Unfortunately, a red flag for Lance Stroll prevented the Brit from putting another lap, ending FP1 in P11.
With the rain moving off and the sun shining, George took full advantage of the dry running in FP2, taking to the track on the Hard tyres for his first stint, putting in a 1.32.029 to slot into P12.
Switching to the Soft tyres, George boosted himself into the top five with a 1.29.806 as he continued to improve.
In the final moments of the session, George delivered a 1.29.799, his best lap time of the day, to end Friday’s running in P8.
George Russell – Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One™ Team Driver
I struggled on the low fuel compared to Lewis, he put in a very strong lap. The high fuel was definitely more promising compared to the McLaren which was also on the Hard. By the time our tyres warmed up, we showed good pace to the Ferraris and were improving lap after lap. Some positive signs there but definitely room to improve.
We need to understand why our race pace is so much stronger than our single lap pace, the McLaren is very strong on a single lap but we just can't get the tyres working over a single lap. Over the course of a race, we're in a pretty good window but it's always a balance, you can't just put your eggs in one basket for Sunday.
It's a very different circuit to Montreal and Baku, we knew the car was going to be a challenge through the high-speed corners and that proved true through Copse, Maggotts and Becketts, the car was bouncing around, so we need to try and understand that. But we aren't bouncing down the straights which is positive.