George Russell

MOTOR SPORT: George Russell continues to impress in his maiden Formula 1 season.

The King’s Lynn-born Williams driver finished 16th at the Hungarian Grand Prix, two laps adrift of race winner Lewis Hamilton.

But, for the first time, the youngster felt he was competing on a more even basis with his illustrious rivals.

“It was nice to be racing other drivers,” he said, after overtaking Kevin Magnussen and Daniil Kvyat in the opening lap at the Hungaroring.”

He had displayed eye-catching pace throughout practice, qualifying 16th, within a 10th of a second of making second qualifying, marking the first time a Williams driver had managed to beat a rival on pure pace this season, finishing ahead of Lance Stroll and Antonio Giovinazzi, as well as team-mate Robert Kubica.

“It was definitely the best weekend of the year,” said Russell. “If we continue at this rate, and we should be able to, we should be in the mix more often.”

The Formula1.com website was especially impressed with Russell, marking him down as a ‘winner’, stating: “It was a fine performance and glimpse into what could be a very bright future.”

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