Williams’ George Russell has secured his first front-row start in F1 for the Belgian Grand Prix tomorrow afternoon.
The British driver held pole position for a swift moment before Red Bull’s Max Verstappen knocked him off the top spot when time ran out in Q3.
Speaking after Qualifying today, a delighted Russell said; “I thought we would have been doing a good job to get out of Q1 after yesterday, now we’re standing on the front row,” says George Russell.
“The car was feeling great and I was confident.
“I was in a fortunate position where I had nothing to lose in Q3. Absolutely buzzing. But tomorrow’s the important one. If the lead is there for the taking we’ll go for it!”
Max Verstappen, who sent fans in orange wild after crossing the line in 1:59.765 landing Pole Position for tomorrow’s battle said; “It’s been a really tricky qualifying, it was hard to keep the car on track.
“At the end we were first, and that’s the most important. It’s an amazing track to drive, and very challenging in the wet.
“Super happy to have a qualifying like this after the break and to have a pole position again.”
Lewis Hamilton will take off from P3 tomorrow after “a difficult” run this afternoon.
Speaking to Sky Sports he said; “It’s been a very difficult day, I think for everyone. I just try to stay positive, focused and calm.
“Well done to Max in the end.
“And also a great run from George, that’s fantastic.
“If it’s like this tomorrow, it’s going to be tricky.”