Race Notes

– George Russell finished 17th at the US Grand Prix
– George started 18th from the grid on the medium Pirelli tyre
– George ran a two-stop race, pitting first for the hard Pirelli tyre on lap 23 and again for the soft on lap 46

What They Had To Say

George Russell: “This race was trickier than normal. I struggled with the tyres overheating before they dropped off, making the car difficult to drive. We decided to make a second stop and struggled with blue flags for the remainder of the race. Congratulations to Lewis Hamilton on his sixth Drivers’ World Championship.”

Dave Robson, Senior Race Engineer: “Today we simply struggled for pace, not helped by the gusty conditions which made the car difficult to drive and punishing for the tyres. We had hoped to one stop the race, but the high tyre degradation made that almost impossible.

Both drivers raced hard and fairly at the beginning of the race with George eventually getting the better of Robert with the help of DRS. Unfortunately, we had to retire Robert’s car with a hydraulic issue shortly after half distance. This was very disappointing, and we will need to look at the problem and ensure that it doesn’t happen again. George drove well in the difficult circumstances, but we couldn’t give him the car today to allow him to race. He was able to take a place from Magnussen by managing his car well and taking it to the end. Whilst this feels like a hollow victory now, it is all valuable experience which will stand him and the team in good stead for the future.”

What Happens Next?

The teams now have a weekend off before the penultimate GP of the season in Brazil.