Russell happy with pace after limited running

Date published: June 22 2019

George Russell was happy with his Q1 lap in France after missing FP1 and most of FP3.

Williams’ George Russell was happy with his qualifying performance ahead of the French GP after missing FP1 and most of FP3.

The Brit didn’t take part in FP1 at the Circuit Paul Ricard with reserve driver Nicholas Latifi taking his car for the session.

Power unit issues then wrecked FP3 for the Mercedes junior, meaning he went into qualifying with what he described as “a third” of the laps he should have done under his belt.

Russell produced a solid lap in Q1 to go four tenths quicker than his team-mate Robert Kubica, but he will join Daniil Kvyat at the back after taking a new Power Store and Control Electronics.

Nonetheless, he agreed that his efforts in Q1 were impressive, considering the circumstances.

“It was [a good lap], considering I did a third of the laps I should have done this weekend and only three laps today [Saturday], I was fairly pleased with that,” he told reporters.

However, looking ahead to Sunday’s race, Russell believes it’s just another afternoon of “data gathering” for the struggling Williams team.

“I’ve been saying all weekend it’s going to be another tough race for us,” he confessed.

“We all have to be patient and wait a number of races yet until we start seeing real improvements.

“We are getting closer, optimising our set-up, optimising the car, but realistically it’s just data gathering really because we’re too far from the rest of the field.”

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