'Strong' Saturday for George despite penalty at Silverstone
George claims P9 for the British Grand Prix after ending Formula One’s first Sprint within the top 10.
In the final practice session of the day, George completed 24 laps of the 5.8km Silverstone circuit, putting in a 1:31.237 lap time to end the FP2 session in P11.
The afternoon session was slightly different as Silverstone played host to the inaugural F1 Sprint which would set the grid for Sunday’s BritishGP.
George lined up P8 on the grid and, as the lights went out, the first Sprint session got underway for 17 laps of actions.
There was early drama on the opening lap for George as his FW43-B machine and the Ferrari of Carlos Sainz made contact, an incident which was investigated after the session. Luckily, both were able to continue with George in P10.
An incident for the Red Bull of Sergio Perez allowed George to regain one position, moving him up into P9 where he remained until the end of the Sprint session despite being pursued by the Alpine of Esteban Ocon.
George received a three-place grid penalty post-session for his lap one incident with Sainz. He will start the BritishGP from P12.
George Russell – Williams Racing Driver
“Overall, it was an interesting race, trickier than I anticipated out there keeping the tyres alive for 17 laps. It was very difficult keeping Esteban (Ocon) behind. The Alpine was very fast even on the soft tyre, but we finished ninth on track and my first time in the top-10 with Williams.
However, it is very unfortunate to get a penalty and I feel that it was a harsh decision. We are still going to be starting in a great position to fight for points tomorrow. We had a really strong race today; it is going to be long race and tyre management will be key, which will be the overriding factor into the result. So, let’s wait and see!”
The British Grand Prix will take place on Sunday July 18 from 3pm BST.