Motorsport - Russell’s luck runs out in Germany

George Russell in action.  Photo: Drew Gibson
George Russell in action. Photo: Drew Gibson
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There was disappointment for 17 year-old Wisbech whizzkid George Russell in the second round of the FIA Formula 3 European Championship in Germany at the weekend.

Following his lights to flag victory at the opening round at Silverstone last month, the Carlin driver didn’t get a shred of luck in Round Two at Hockenheim.

His qualifying sessions were ruined by a combination of red flags and being hit by another car.

Russell said: “In the first qualifying race we got caught out by two red flags and didn’t manage to set our best lap, which left us in 18th place.

“Then in the second qualifier, I was on my second push lap in the rain and on course to finish at least fourth when a driver ran wide at the final corner, came back onto the circuit and crashed directly into the side of me.

“That was extremely disappointing when a top five minimum was on the cards.”

It didn’t get any easier for Russell in the three rounds of competition either.

Race one saw him battling in very difficult conditions, dealing with three safety car periods, before eventually climbing his way to a final finishing position of 12th.

He made a storming start to race two, making up nine places on the first lap.

He said: “I managed to work my way up to ninth which was great to get among the points, considering there wasn’t a safety car either to bunch the pack up.”

He started race three from 25th place and worked his way up to 19th but a safety car start to the race made conditions very difficult to fight with the pack.

With his bad luck hopefully behind him, Russell will move on to Round 3, which takes place in Pau, France on May 15-17.

Looking ahead Russell said: “Pau is a street circuit and one I know. Not all the other drivers will have experience of it so I will be looking to capitalise and have a good weekend.”