George Russell admitted he was “lost” with his set-up in practice before a change which helped him reach Q3 for the second weekend in a row.Silverstone. Following a set-up change, Russell reached Q3 and took eighth on the grid for tomorrow’s sprint qualifying race.
Russell admitted he wasn’t sure why he lacked pace in practice. “The track was a bit green and we were a bit lost with the set-up.” he explained.
“We said right, let’s just go back to basics, don’t over-think it and just let the track come to us. And I went out, first lap in Q1 I knew we were in a good spot.
“So I’m buzzing to be honest and just pleased to do it. And also my family are here. My family haven’t been to a racing since Abu Dhabi 2019 so that’s great for me as well and just so nice to do it in front of them.”
Having secured a fourth-row start for tomorrow’s sprint qualifying race, Russell says he won’t be tempted to drive a conservative race to hold onto that starting position.
“A lot of guys will be trying to play it easy because they just want to get a good starting position for Sunday. But we’re going for it. It’s another race for me and I want to move forward.
“I want to fight with these guys around me and I want to have the best starting position possible for Sunday. So I’m treating it like any of a normal Sunday – obviously Saturday this time – and just going for it.”
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