• REPORT: Back in Action in Budapest

George Russell drives W09 on the first day of the Hungaroring in-season test…

What Happened?

-  George was behind the wheel of W09 and completed 49 laps in total on Tuesday.

-  The Formula 2 championship leader’s best time of 1:19.781 was the fifth fastest of the day. Antonio Giovinazzi set the pace for Ferrari.

-  George’s main focus was completing aero rake data collection, as well as logging data on the vibration of engine and chassis components.

-  A gearbox issue in the morning interrupted the run plan, as did rain towards the end of the day.

What Did We Learn?

While some useful information and data was gathered on Tuesday, it wasn't the smoothest day of running for the team.

"It wasn't the best of days for us as we only completed 49 laps," explained Trackside Engineering Director, Andrew Shovlin.

"We had an issue with the gearbox early on that cost us some time. We were able to tick off some of the data collection test items in the remainder of the morning and early afternoon but, just as we started to get into some proper running, it began to rain.

"It's been good to see George back in the car today and he's done a good job but we had hoped to keep him a bit busier.

"We've got a lot to do tomorrow, and it looks like we may get some more rain, so we will review our programme tonight to make sure we can make the most of these conditions."

What We're Saying

George: "It's been fantastic to get back behind the wheel of the Mercedes Formula One car. The speed, power and downforce are just completely on another level, so as soon as I jumped in this morning I had a massive smile on my face.

"Unfortunately, we didn't quite do as many laps as anticipated owing to some rain this afternoon and a couple of small issues this morning.

"Nevertheless, it's been a really good day for me and I think the team learned some things, which is important. Now I'm looking forward to tomorrow."

Result: Test - Day 1

Pos Driver Team Laps Time
1 Antonio Giovinazzi (99) Ferrari 96 1:15.648
2 Marcus Ericsson (9) Sauber 95 1:18.155
3 Brendon Hartley (28) Toro Rosso 126 1:19.251
4 Lando Norris (47) McLaren 107 1:19.294
5 George Russell (63) Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport 49 1:19.781
6 Daniel Ricciardo (3) Red Bull 125 1:19.854
7 Nicholas Latifi (34) Force India 103 1:19.994
8 Nico Hülkenberg (27) Renault 63 1:20.826
9 Oliver Rowland (41) Williams 65 1:20.970
10 Sean Gelael (38) Toro Rosso* 109 1:21.451
*Conducting tyre testing with Pirelli