George Russell finished in the top ten of a Formula 1 race for the first time in a Williams Racing car, with a ninth-place finish during Saturday’s sprint race at the British Grand Prix.
Russell did well to keep Esteban Ocon at bay to secure ninth but has become victim to a three-place grid penalty for impeding Carlos Sainz Jr. on the opening lap, meaning he will start Sunday’s race in twelfth.
Reflecting on the day’s racing, Russell said, as quoted by The Checkered Flag: “Overall, it was an interesting race, trickier than I anticipated out there keeping the tyres alive for 17 laps.
“It was very difficult keeping Esteban (Ocon) behind. The Alpine was very fast even on the soft tyre, but we finished ninth on track and my first time in the top-10 with Williams.
“However, it is very unfortunate to get a penalty and I feel that it was a harsh decision. We are still going to be starting in a great position to fight for points tomorrow.
“We had a really strong race today; it is going to be long race and tyre management will be key, which will be the overriding factor into the result. So, let’s wait and see!”