Testing – Mercedes development driver George Russell praised the test as a “great experience” after topping the second-and-final day in the Hungary in-season test.
Despite gearbox issues causing a problematic first day of testing, Russell enjoyed a much smoother second day and completed 116 laps of the Hungaroring circuit.
The afternoon session was where he was equipped with the softest available tyres – the hypersofts – and permitted to set some flying laps.
As a result, he beat Antonio Giovinazzi’s unofficial lap record from day one of the test by less than one tenth of a second, posting a 1:15.575.
Added to that, he beat Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen, who also completed some laps on the hypersoft tyres. However, it cannot be known exactly how much any of the drivers were pushing during testing.
Speaking after the test, Russell was delighted to have his first experience of the Pirelli hypersoft tyre.
“Day two ran very smoothly and was a much more productive day for the team and me,” said Russell.
“We did some runs on the HyperSoft tyre, which was an incredible experience for me. I had never driven that tyre before, nor a Formula One car in anything other than a race setup.
“That was a great experience and it puts a smile on my face that we achieved the fastest lap ever around the Hungaroring.
“All in all, it’s been two productive and positive days and I can’t wait for the next opportunity to drive an F1 car again.”
Russell is a former British Formula 4 and GP3 Series champion, and also a race-winner in the Formula Renault 2.0 and European Formula 3 championships.
Progressing into Formula Two this year, the Briton currently sits atop the F2 championship standings, 12 points ahead of McLaren development driver Lando Norris, who also took part in the in-season test.
To view the full report from day two, click here.