Russell led the highest 10 shootout runners in transferring from the intermediates all drivers had utilized in Q1 and Q2 to the gentle slick compound with six minutes of Q3 remaining.
He defined how the remainder of his fourth Q3 look of 2021 had gone within the post-qualifying press convention at Sochi, the place he finished behind pole-winner Lando Norris and Carlos Sainz Jr.
Russell mentioned: “I got here on the radio to say to the blokes, ‘let’s get the slicks prepared as a result of it’s positively going to go slicks’.
“They usually replied saying ‘let’s field this lap’. So, I although they might have misunderstood what I meant by that radio remark.
“However I’d mentioned we’ve acquired to go for it in these periods – excessive threat, excessive reward. Particularly in these situations.
“And once I got here out of the pitlane on the slicks [I was] nearly crashing straight out of the field.
“And I used to be solely that final lap [where the time came].
“I stored getting a bit of little bit of visitors right here and there, [which meant] I couldn’t full the lap and that was a bit irritating.
“However, because it was for everyone, I knew that final lap was going to be the killer lap. So we saved all of it for then and right here we’re.
“A bit surreal that it’s our second high three in 4 races now.”
George Russell, Williams FW43B
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Russell’s Sochi Saturday outcome adopted his second place in moist qualifying at Spa, which grew to become his first F1 podium within the controversially abandonded ‘race’ that adopted the following day.
When requested to match his feelings after qualifying on the two occasions, Russell mentioned: “Definitely totally different.
“Equally completely satisfied, for positive, and P3 is an unimaginable place to begin – it’s a very future into Flip 2.
“We’re fairly slippery on the straights and hopefully Lando will give me a pleasant little slipstream into Flip 1.
“Undoubtedly actually completely satisfied. We’ve been scoring factors now three within the final 4.
“There’s no motive we will’t carry on going. We’ve acquired to be aiming for the rostrum – we’ve acquired nothing to lose and we’ve simply acquired to go for it.”