George Russell put together a superlative lap in Q3 allowing him to secure P8 for tomorrow’s sprint qualifying.

Russell, after having achieved this impressive feat in his Williams said: “It was our best qualifying session, and to do it in front of a home crowd was such an amazing feeling. This morning in FP1 I had no confidence with the car, and here we are in P8!”

He further spoke of the challenges they faced through the weekend explaining they had to make a crucial decision during FP1 which helped them achieve this result.

“Following practice, we had a decision to make to try and improve the car or stick to our guns and hope the track came towards us, which it did.

“Everything got in a much nicer window and I felt confident and comfortable out there which allowed me to get that extra tenth or two.”

Tomorrow’s race start will be extremely crucial for Russell as he could potentially move higher up the grid and retain his position, which would be very important for Sunday’s Grand Prix, especially around tracks Silverstone, where cars tend to struggle with following each other and hence, overtaking. Turns like Maggots and Becketts are popular for this.

Subsequently, Russell has pointed out the importance of an aggressive strategy for tomorrow’s sprint qualifying.

“Ultimately, we did a fantastic job to get there and it is about tomorrow now. It is not going to be easy, but we need to be aggressive and get on the front foot.”

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