George Russell ended the second day of the post-Hungarian Grand Prix test on top for the Mercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport team, setting an unofficial lap record of the Hungaroring in the process, a day after Antonio Giovinazzi had done likewise for Scuderia Ferrari.
After losing some track time on Tuesday in Hungary thanks first to a gearbox issue and then to the weather, Russell completed one hundred and sixteen laps on Wednesday and set a best time of 1:15.575, 0.074 seconds clear of Ferrari’s Kimi Räikkönen on the day and 0.073 seconds fastest than Giovinazzi achieved on day one.
Russell was given the opportunity to attack the Hungaroring on the pink-banded Hypersoft Pirelli tyre for the first time and in Qualifying trim, having previously tested Formula 1 car’s in race trim, and he said the whole experience put a smile on his face, and he cannot wait for the next opportunity to jump into an F1 car.
“Day two ran very smoothly and was a much more productive day for the team and me,” said Russell. “We did some runs on the HyperSoft tyre, which was an incredible experience for me.
“I had never driven that tyre before, nor a Formula One car in anything other than a race setup. That was a great experience and it puts a smile on my face that we achieved the fastest lap ever around the Hungaroring.
“All in all, it’s been two productive and positive days and I can’t wait for the next opportunity to drive an F1 car again.”