Motorsport - More European Championship points for Russell

George Russell in action in Austria.
George Russell in action in Austria.
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Wisbech speedster George Russell picked up more FIA Formula 3 European Championship points in Austria at the weekend.

In an action-packed weekend at the Red Bull Ring, Carlin driver Russell took fifth place in race one and seventh place in race two.

Qualifying proved to be a very tight affair, with Russell claiming a top 10 spot in both sessions.

Russell said: “In both qualifying sessions we ended up seventh, but it was slightly frustrating as both times all of the drivers were so close, so an extra 0.075 of a second would’ve put me quite a lot higher.”

Race one saw Russell make another great start, making up two places by the end of lap two and he held on to fifth to the flag, despite pressurising fourth-place driver Lance Stroll right to the end.

Russell said: “For the first race we made a really good start and managed to get into fifth spot straight away. We had good pace throughout but the circuit is quite difficult to overtake on, so we couldn’t quite optimise the pace.”

In race two Russell was involved in some feisty racing at the front which took him up to fourth place. However, he ran wide while overtaking which allowed several others by.

He added: “For the second race we made another good start and on the first lap I was already fighting for fourth. I saw an opportunity and I decided to take it. The move was almost complete but just unfortunately I ran a bit wide on exit and dropped back down to seventh where we ended the race.”

Race three was eventually abandoned due to adverse weather conditions;

The FIA F3 European Championship now heads to Portimao Portugal on the weekend of September 4-6.