More points in Austria for ace driver Russell

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At the Red Bull Ring, Austria, Wisbech driver George Russell continued his strong points scoring run, taking fifth place in race one, claiming second on the rookie podium and seventh place in race two.

Qualifying proved to be a very tight affair, with the Carlin driver claiming a top ten spot in both sessions.

He said: “In both qualifying sessions we ended up P7, but it was slightly frustrating as both times all of the drivers were so close, so an extra 0.075 of a second would’ve put me quite a lot higher.”

Race one saw Russell make another great start, making up two places by the end of lap two and holding on to fifth to the flag, despite pressurising 4th place driver Lance Stroll right to the end.

Russell said: “For the first race we made a really good start and managed to get into P5 straight away. We had good pace throughout but this circuit is quite difficult to overtake on, so we couldn’t quite optimise the pace.”

Race two saw Russell involved in some feisty racing at the front which took him up to fourth place, however he ran wide whilst overtaking which allowed several others by.

Russell added: “We made another good start and on the first lap I was already fighting for P4. I saw an opportunity and I decided to take it. The move was almost complete but unfortunately I ran a bit wide on exit.”

Race three was abandoned due to adverse weather conditions. The FIA F3 European Championship now heads to Portimao, Portugal, on the weekend of September 4-6.