Street Fighter Performance from George at Monte-Carlo
ROKiT Williams Racing Driver George Russell put in an excellent performance on the streets of Monte-Carlo, earning a solid 15th position on merit after a great drive to put himself ahead of both Alfa Romeo’sand both Racing Point drivers.
George started the race from 19th position, following yesterday’s qualifying session that saw him maintain his perfect qualifying record against teammate Robert Kubica.
The start of the race saw George take a cautious approach into Sainte Devote for the first team, as the field streamed through the opening lap.
Everyone remained quite compact in the early stages, where overtaking is notoriously difficult on the iconic street circuit.
On Lap 10, the Safety Car was deployed following a puncture for Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc, which scattered debris all over the circuit and required an extensive clean up. George took this opportunity to pit for the Hard compound tyres, planning on running these until the end of the race.
Drama on the restart saw Robert get turned around by the Alfa Romeo of Antonio Giovinazzi at the Rascasse, partially blocking the track and delaying George’s progress by almost ten seconds.
Nevertheless, the pace the Briton was able to run at whilst managing his tyres helped him recover track position as the race wore on.
At one stage of the race, George was the fastest driver on the circuit between Laps 19-21, underlining the performance he had in clean air.
As the strategies worked out, George emerged in 15th position – ahead of Lance Stroll’s Racing Point, his teammate Sergio Perez, both the Alfa Romeo’s of Kimi Raikkonen and Antonio Giovinazzi, as well as teammate Robert.
George pulled clear from the threat of Lance behind him, crossing the line in a very solid 15th position to cement a very mature and promising performance, despite the current limitations of the FW42.
George Russell - ROKiT Williams Racing Driver:
"It was a really enjoyable race and I pushed myself to the limit. Our pace was very strong, I got into the rhythm and my engineer came on the radio and said you are lapping the same pace as the leaders.
We put in some good laps at the end and I was pleased with my performance."
George will be heading to Canada for the next round of the 2019 Formula One World Championship, where they head to one of the fastest circuits of the season, at the Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve on the 7-9 June.
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