Wisbech driver Russell recovers for Spa podium spot

George Russell
George Russell

This weekend saw Wisbech’s George Russell and his Carlin team hit the podium at the legendary Spa Francorchamps circuit in Belgium for Round Five of the FIA Formula 3 European Championship season.

Qualifying left the young Brit frustrated as both sessions were compromised by flags and mistakes from other drivers.

Russell said: “We were extremely unlucky in qualifying, on my best two laps before the rain came in qualifying 1, the driver way ahead of me made a mistake and came off right in front of me which compromised me a lot. I was fairly certain P3 was possible but we had to settle for P11.

“Then for Q2 it was a drying track, and on my best lap, the red flag came out three seconds before I crossed the line, so I had my best lap deleted.”

Race one saw a lighting start, pushing Russell up to sixth place overall. Race two was turbulent, as a number of incidents resulted in only three race laps overall. Starting 22nd on the grid gave Russell little chance to push his way up the field.

Race three saw some excellent race craft and tyre management, resulting in a third place finish.

On the race Russell said: “It was a 50-50 call with slicks or wets, but we opted for slicks which turned out to be the right call.

“We started P21 and made a great start. From then on we kept on pushing and we had great pace.

“I was catching the guys ahead of me and managed to get past them quickly.

“It was a great result to come away with a podium after such an unlucky qualifying, but now we can go to the next race and really push for more.”

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