Race Notes

– George Russell finished 15th with his teammate Robert Kubica finishing 17th
– George started from 15th on the grid
– George ran a clean race, pitting on lap 30 for the soft Pirelli tyre

What They Had To Say

George Russell: “It’s been a difficult day for everyone with the devastating news. Anthoine was a really great guy and I hope we did him proud, racing in his honour.

I didn’t make a good start, I was forced to the outside and then I saw Raikkonen going through the air with a lot of debris. I committed to the escape road, then when I came back on Verstappen was going slow, so I lost a lot of positions. Our pace was ok, although I don’t know the end gaps to the guys ahead of us. Overall, it was quite a lonely race. This was always going to be the toughest race of the year for us. Next weekend we must reset, fight and see what we can do.”

Claire Williams, Deputy Team Principal: “It’s been a very difficult weekend for everyone in Spa, following the tragic death of Anthoine Hubert. Today we raced for Anthoine, a young talent that was sadly taken far too soon. From all of us at ROKiT Williams Racing, we send our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Anthoine Hubert.”

Dave Robson, Senior Race Engineer: “Both drivers completed solid one-stop races and brought the cars home in one piece. Following Raikkonen’s early contact we were able to race him, with George able to stay ahead. A frustratingly timed blue flag for Vettel meant that Robert was unable to stay ahead despite having enough pace to do so. Overall though the car was not well suited to Spa and racing on the long straights was difficult.

Next week we will be in Monza for the final European race of the season and we will approach the weekend as we always do and will adopt some of the learning points from this weekend. However, for now our thoughts remain with the family, friends and colleagues of Anthoine Hubert and we congratulate Charles on his maiden Formula One win.”

What Happens Next?

The Formula 1 roadshow heads to Monza, Italy for the final European race of the calendar this weekend.