Positive Progress for George at the Spanish Grand Prix
George Russell completed a strong weekend performance at the Circuit de Catalunya, which saw him and the team make good steps in the right direction – where the Briton finished in 17th position at the chequered flag.
George started from 19th on the grid following a five-place gearbox penalty after his accident in Free Practice 3.
George hit back with a brilliant lap in Qualifying, which saw him 1.2s faster than teammate Robert Kubica. George’s lap was the closest the team have been to the pack this season, as he was only 0.3 s behind the next car in the session, demonstrating a very positive gain by the team – despite bringing minimum updates to the car.
The race saw George start on the Medium Compound tyre from 19th on the grid, making a solid start to move up to 18th position.
He became the leading ROKiT Williams Racing driver on Lap 11, as he passed teammate Robert Kubica on the main-straight and into Turn 1.
George pitted for his first pitstop for Soft compound tyres on Lap 22, cementing himself in 17th and ahead of his teammate for the duration of the race.
Following a collision between Lance Stroll and Lando Norris, the Safety Car was deployed – which saw George make his second pitstop on Lap 48, where he changed to Medium tyres to run to the end of the Grand Prix – maintaining his 100% record from the start of the season in the teammate battle.
George Russell - ROKiT Williams Racing Driver:
"It was a standard Grand Prix for us. Our race pace was probably something for us to look at. It has been an intriguing weekend for us.
We have brought some test items and got some decent information from these. I think we are going in the right direction."
George will next be in action at the prestigious Monaco Grand Prix in two weeks’ time on the streets of Monte Carlo, on the 23th-26th May.
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