Motor-racing: Russell races to a podium finish in Holland

George Russell in action.
George Russell in action.
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George Russell warmed up for this weekend’s Forumla 3 European Championship race in Germany with a podium finish in Holland on Sunday (September 20).

Competing at the fiercely competitive one-off Zandvoort Masters, Carlin driver Russell from Wisbech grabbed an impressive second-place finish.

The teenager saw off Sergio Sette Camara and Sam MacLeod shortly after the start in a three-way tussle for second place and after that he never looked back.

Russell said: “We had a very good weekend. Obviously for a one-off race like this, everyone is going for the win so to come away second was a great result for us.

“The weekend was run on Kumho Tyres compared to the Handkook Tyres we use in the Formula 3, so this was my first time using them. This was something we had to learn and get our heads around quickly before we came to the race.

“Qualifying was a tough session as it was a drying track so it was getting quicker and quicker and quicker every lap. We managed to end up in fourth place which wasn’t ideal, but good enough to be able to fight in the races.

“In the first qualifying race, I tried something slightly different with the start which didn’t quite work out so I could only bring it home in fourth.

“Then for the final race and main event, I returned to my normal routine for the start and made a great one to jump straight into second from fourth. I was pushing very hard at the beginning and was catching the leader, but after around 15 laps my tyres just dropped away and I wasn’t able to attack the lead any longer. We brought it home and settled for second place.

“All in all it was a very good weekend with a lot of positives to take into the final rounds of the season for FIA F3.”