Solid start for George in Spain
George ends Free Practice Friday in P2 ahead of Formula One’s Spanish Grand Prix.
Under the scorching Spanish sun, George immediately took to the track on a set of Hard Pirelli tyres to set his benchmark lap time of 1.25.342 and slot himself into P4.
Continuing to improve on his initial run time, George boosted himself into P3 with a 1.22.846 before pitting to switch onto the Soft tyres.
With 26 minutes remaining in the session, George put in his best lap time of 1.20.590 to place him into P2 before being pushed down into P4 where he ended the session.
In FP2, George headed out on a set of Medium tyres to set his benchmark lap time of 1.22.317 on his first run.
A virtual safety car for Valtteri Bottas after 10 minutes of the session sent George back to the pits.
Switching to the Soft tyres, the Brit re-joined the session at the 30-minute mid-point, reducing his lap time to 1.19.787 and sending him into P2 in the timings.
Setting his best lap time of 1.19.777, George ended FP2 and Friday’s running in P2.
George Russell – Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One™ Team Driver
In Miami we were quickest on Friday, here we're second but the car is definitely reacting differently.. We don't have the porpoising on the straights which is great but we're still experiencing it here and there through the corners which ultimately we need to dial out. Red Bull still look very strong and the team to be reckoned with at the moment. I see no reason why we can't be as close, if not a little closer, to the front throughout the weekend.
With the differences in power modes it is difficult to tell where we are on true pace, Ferrari and Red Bull looked to be in their lowest power modes. Degradation was massive for everyone and that's going to be make-or-break in the race on Sunday so that'll be our focus tonight.