Russell thanks Williams as team change two gearboxes and an engine in 24 hours

In the round-up: George Russell was able to take part in qualifying for the Mexico City Grand Prix after a rapid work by his Williams crew to replace multiple parts of his FW43B. In brief Russell: “It looked unlikely we would make it out in qualifying” Despite qualifying 13th, Russell […]

In the round-up: George Russell was able to take part in qualifying for the Mexico City Grand Prix after a rapid work by his Williams crew to replace multiple parts of his FW43B.

In brief

Russell: “It looked unlikely we would make it out in qualifying”

Despite qualifying 13th, Russell said that “all things considered, it was a good session” as at one point it seemed he might not be able to take part in it.

“In the space of 24 hours, the mechanics changed two gearboxes and an engine,” he explained. “At one point it looked unlikely we would make it out in qualifying altogether, so that would have meant a pit lane start. Whereas here we are, the guys did a great job, we got out, got into Q2.”

Russell is set to start the Mexico City Grand Prix 16th, following a five-place penalty for one of the gearbox replacements, which he described as “a good spot.”

Rear locking caused Giovinazzi’s Q2 barrier brush

Antonio Giovinazzi said that his brief collision with a TecPro barrier during Q2, which he was able to drive away from, came as a result of losing control of the rear of his car.

“I just locked the rear on braking,” he explained. “I think was a good lap until there. Not for Q3 but for P11. But I locked the rear and lost the rear at the corner.

Still, Giovinazzi said he expected to start the Mexico City Grand Prix “from not a bad position” and with a chance of a badly-needed points score. “With all the penalties we start P12 I think so we still can do it,” he said. “We’ll see tomorrow.”

Alonso rues red flag after Q1 exit

Fernando Alonso, Alpine, Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, 2021
Alonso dropped out in Q1

Fernando Alonso said the red flag caused by Lance Stroll early in qualifying cost him his best chance to reach Q2.

“The first lap before the red flag was very fast,” he said. “It was like a 17.7, which was enough to go through Q1. But unfortunately that didn’t count in that moment.

“Then we chose to do only one run, as a team. We were the only team doing the one run, and I don’t know if that was too optimistic but it is the way it is.”

Davidson ends racing career

Former BAR, Minardi, Honda and Super Aguri F1 driver and Mercedes F1 simulator driver Anthony Davidson has retired from racing, following the conclusion of this year’s World Endurance Championship.

Davidson started 24 grands prix between 2002 and 2008 but never finished in the top 10. He went on to drive in sports car racing up until this year, when he announced he would end his competitive career after his final race in LMP2 for Jota Sport.

He took the chequered flag second in class with team mates Antonio Felix da Costa and Roberto Gonzalez in yesterday’s finale at Bahrain International Circuit.

Former Williams-Toyota driver and three-time Le Mans winner Kazuki Nakajima also parted ways with Toyota’s WEC hypercar programme, following the end of the 2021 WEC season.

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Russell thanks Williams as team change two gearboxes and an engine in 24 hours

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