Russell describes slick tires run in Q3

George Russell (GBR) Williams Racing FW43B celebrates his third position in qualifying parc ferme. Russian Grand Prix, Saturday 25th September 2021. Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia. Credits: Williams Racing.

George Russell has spoken about his Q3 run on the soft tire compound.

Why it matters: Russell was the first driver to put slicks on in qualifying at Sochi and went on to qualify 3rd.


  • Russell was set to risk in such a moment no matter what.
  • The Williams driver admits that he nearly crashed after getting slicks.

What he had to say:

  • “I came on the radio to say to the guys, ‘let’s get the slicks ready because it’s definitely going to go slicks’. And they replied saying ‘let’s box this lap’. So, I thought they may have misunderstood what I meant by that radio comment.”
  • “But I’d said we’ve got to go for it in these sessions – high risk, high reward. Especially in these conditions.”
  • “And when I came out of the pit lane on the slicks [I was] almost crashing straight out of the box.”
  • “And I was only that last lap [where the time came]. I kept getting a little bit of traffic here and there, [which meant] I couldn’t complete the lap and that was a bit frustrating. But, as it was for everybody, I knew that last lap was going to be the killer lap. So we saved it all for then and here we are.”
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