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In the round-up: George Russell is optimistic the unusual track conditions will hand Williams an opportunity this weekend, despite his grid penalty for Sunday’s race.

What they say

Russell was last in first practice at Istanbul, but moved ahead of his team mate and both Haas cars to finish second practice in 17th place. Despite carrying grid penalties for exceeding the maximum number of power unit elements, he says Friday’s running shows there is plenty for Williams to be optimistic about:

I’ve never, ever experienced a day like this in in a race car before. It’s going to be a massive window of opportunity for everybody this weekend if you get it right.

In first practice I was 15 seconds off the pace and that was actually true; we just couldn’t get the tyres working and I was 15 seconds off. Then we got the tyres working in second practice and the car was feeling great, our high-fuel pace was was really strong.

So it’s a shame we start at the back but I think there’s a glimmer of optimism because we know that if we get it right, there’s going to be seconds between cars. So it might be interesting from the TV, but it’s going to be chaos from within.



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