Russell still hopeful to clinch P2 after positive Imola weekend


George Russell - Credit: FIA Formula 3 European Championship

George Russell finished inside the top four in each of the three races at Imola, and the Hitech GP driver was able to make good gains in the fight for second place in the Drivers’ standings as a result.

Having finished fourth in Saturday’s first race, the eighteen-year-old finished third after losing a great battle with Motopark’s Joel Eriksson, with Russell feeling a lack of straight-line speed was the reason he finished behind.

“In the opening stages, I managed to take second place from Joel, but I had no chance when he countered after the second safety car intervention, because here, his car was faster than mine on the straights,” said Russell on fiaf3europe.com.

“At the next restart, I didn’t have a possibility to move up into second place again either.”

Russell was able to better his race two result in the final race of the weekend as he took second place ahead of fellow Briton Callum Ilott, but was surprised not to see the safety car appear this time around.

With 75 points still on offer at the season finale at the Hockenheimring, Russell sits 46 points behind Maximilian Günther in the standings, but still has ambitions of finishing second in the championship behind Lance Stroll.

“Compared to the second race, we made some changes on the car,” said Russell. “However, we had expected at least one safety car intervention again, but that didn’t happen.

“All in all, I scored solid points and I was able to reduce my gap to Maximilian Günther for second place in the drivers’ standings.”