George Russell smiles, Daniel Ricciardo gets ‘screwed’ in F1 qualifying in Hungary
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Ricciardo was the surprise driver to exit qualifying in Q1.

George Russell showed signs of improvement for the Williams F1 team Saturday, qualifying ahead of both Racing Point cars as well as the Renault of Daniel Ricciardo at the Hungarian Grand Prix.

Williams, who endured the worst season in their history in 2018, have been struggling even more this year, however the team may have found some performance at last. Although Sergio Perez and Ricciardo compromised each other’s efforts, Williams and Russell proved that they have the pace to mix it with the midfield teams with Russell’s qualifying of P16.

“Unbelievable,” Russell said to Sky Sports. “I’m almost lost for words. Prior to this weekend I don’t think we ever could have dreamed of qualifying off the back row on merit. We’ve really turned a page this weekend – understanding the tires, understanding the car and the thing came alive then.”

During the early stages of the weekend, talk coming out of the Williams garage was that things were looking better for the team and that the wind tunnel data was now corelating with what they could see on track, something that Russell confirmed to be the case.

 

“There’s been so much work going on behind the scenes to make the aero better, make the correlation better, and it’s been a long process. We brought the update to Germany but there were a number of other reasons why we weren’t quick there, but I think this was the first true test and regardless of (what happens) tomorrow, we can go into the summer break pretty pleased.”

Ricciardo was the surprise driver to exit qualifying in Q1. Finding himself in a less than optimum position when approaching his flying lap, Ricciardo got stuck behind several drivers before taking matter into his own hands and ultimately costing himself his lap.

“It actually felt ok but obviously the last run, that’s when you’ve got to do it, and it was a bit of a mess basically,” said Ricciardo. “We put ourselves in traffic and at that point, I felt like we could have known what was going to happen better, coming up to the last corner knowing if I was going to need to create space a little bit earlier.

“I wasn’t creating space and everyone was backed up. What do you do? Try and pass them and keep your tire temperature there or do you hang back and start the lap with cold tires?

“I tried to go and obviously, Perez and the others weren’t having that, and I felt Perez and I just screwed each other. Just too late trying to make something happen and then the lap’s compromised.”

Sights from the F1 action at the Hungaroring, Hungary, Saturday August 3, 2019

Sights from the F1 action at the Hungaroring, Hungary, Saturday August 3, 2019

Sights from the F1 action at the Hungaroring, Hungary, Saturday August 3, 2019

Sights from the F1 action at the Hungaroring, Hungary, Saturday August 3, 2019

Sights from the F1 action at the Hungaroring, Hungary, Saturday August 3, 2019

Sights from the F1 action at the Hungaroring, Hungary, Saturday August 3, 2019

Sights from the F1 action at the Hungaroring, Hungary, Saturday August 3, 2019

Sights from the F1 action at the Hungaroring, Hungary, Saturday August 3, 2019

Sights from the F1 action at the Hungaroring, Hungary, Saturday August 3, 2019

Sights from the F1 action at the Hungaroring, Hungary, Saturday August 3, 2019

Sights from the F1 action at the Hungaroring, Hungary, Saturday August 3, 2019

Sights from the F1 action at the Hungaroring, Hungary, Saturday August 3, 2019

Sights from the F1 action at the Hungaroring, Hungary, Saturday August 3, 2019

Sights from the F1 action at the Hungaroring, Hungary, Saturday August 3, 2019

Sights from the F1 action at the Hungaroring, Hungary, Saturday August 3, 2019

Sights from the F1 action at the Hungaroring, Hungary, Saturday August 3, 2019

Sights from the F1 action at the Hungaroring, Hungary, Saturday August 3, 2019

Sights from the F1 action at the Hungaroring, Hungary, Saturday August 3, 2019

Sights from the F1 action at the Hungaroring, Hungary, Saturday August 3, 2019

Sights from the F1 action at the Hungaroring, Hungary, Saturday August 3, 2019

Sights from the F1 action at the Hungaroring, Hungary, Saturday August 3, 2019

Sights from the F1 action at the Hungaroring, Hungary, Saturday August 3, 2019

Sights from the F1 action at the Hungaroring, Hungary, Saturday August 3, 2019

Sights from the F1 action at the Hungaroring, Hungary, Saturday August 3, 2019

Sights from the F1 action at the Hungaroring, Hungary, Saturday August 3, 2019

Sights from the F1 action at the Hungaroring, Hungary, Saturday August 3, 2019

Sights from the F1 action at the Hungaroring, Hungary, Saturday August 3, 2019

Sights from the F1 action at the Hungaroring, Hungary, Saturday August 3, 2019

Sights from the F1 action at the Hungaroring, Hungary, Saturday August 3, 2019

Sights from the F1 action at the Hungaroring, Hungary, Saturday August 3, 2019

Sights from the F1 action at the Hungaroring, Hungary, Saturday August 3, 2019

Sights from the F1 action at the Hungaroring, Hungary, Saturday August 3, 2019

Sights from the F1 action at the Hungaroring, Hungary, Saturday August 3, 2019

Sights from the F1 action at the Hungaroring, Hungary, Saturday August 3, 2019

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