Solid Speilberg Weekend for George at the Red Bull Ring
George Russell bounced back from a pitlane start to execute a strong race and once again beat his ROKiT Williams Racing teammate at the Red Bull Ring, demonstrating steady progress from the team in the process as their pursuit to close the gap to the midfield continues.
Despite being classified as 18th on the grid following Saturday’s qualifying session, Sunday morning saw George hit with a penalty for a front wing specification change outside of parc fermé conditions that required him to start from the pitlane.
George joined the action from the pitlane and latched onto the chasing pack on Lap 2 as he battled to fight back through the field on the high-speed Red Bull Ring, making the most of the three DRS zones to keep in touch with the cars ahead.
George’s pace in the early stages was strong – dispatching teammate Robert Kubica, the Haas of Kevin Magnussen and the Toro Rosso a of Daniil Kvyat to run in 17th position.
George pitted for his one and only pitstop of the race on Lap 27, where swapped the Medium compound tyres he started the race on for the Hard compound – which he would run to the end of the race.
He maintained pace to hold onto 18th position at the chequered flag, maintaining the 100% finishing record of his Formula One career to date.
George Russell - ROKiT Williams Racing Driver:
"I managed to fight the Toro Rosso’s and the Haas at the beginning, hold them up for a bit and I managed to hold off Magnussen in the closing stages.
We’re still a long way off, but there’s a few positives in there. Those opening laps were good. I managed to take Robert and Daniil Kvyat at once, which was surprising and nice.
I was pushing absolutely flat out every single lap, and I’m glad it was noticed. We need to be patient now and wait for some more downforce to come to the car.”.
The next round of the Formula One World Championship will be George’s home race, as he makes his British Grand Prix debut at Silverstone in two weeks’ time [12-14 July].
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