George Russell ends F1 testing on top of the time sheets

05 December 2019 - 08:55 By Reuters
George Russell of Great Britain driving the Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team Mercedes W10 during day two of F1 end-of-season testing in Abu Dhabi on December 4 2019.
George Russell of Great Britain driving the Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team Mercedes W10 during day two of F1 end-of-season testing in Abu Dhabi on December 4 2019.
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George Russell, the only Formula One driver without a point this year, swapped his tail-end Williams for a title-winning Mercedes on Wednesday and ended up fastest on the final day of postseason testing in Abu Dhabi.

The Mercedes-backed rookie did 145 laps of the Yas Marina circuit, the second most of the day, with a fastest lap of one minute 37.204 seconds — more than three seconds quicker than his time for Williams on Tuesday.

Ferrari's Charles Leclerc crashed, bringing out red flags, but was second fastest.

Russell's time for the champions compared to Tuesday's best of 1:37.124, set by regular Mercedes race driver Valtteri Bottas.

Russell out-qualified departing teammate Robert Kubica 21-0 this season, but finished last overall after the Pole managed to score a point in Germany — the former champion's only top-10 finish of the campaign.

Wednesday was his second stint for Mercedes this season, with the highly-rated 21-year-old testing in Bahrain last April.

“It's been a pleasure driving the championship-winning W10 today. We tested the 2020 tyres and I've learnt a huge amount about them, which I'm sure will help both myself and the team going into next season,” said Russell.

Canadian Lance Stroll was third fastest for Racing Point.


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