Certified success for British F1 rookies Norris and Russell

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ABU DHABI (Information) – British Method One rookies Lando Norris and George Russell made certain they ended the season forward of their group mates on qualifying efficiency, if not factors, on Saturday.

Method One F1 – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – November 30, 2019 Williams’ George Russell in motion throughout observe Information/Hamad I Mohammed

Norris, 20, accomplished his final Saturday session of the yr in Abu Dhabi by qualifying forward of McLaren group mate Carlos Sainz for the 11th time in 21 races.

Russell closed out his yr with an ideal 21-Zero rating in opposition to Williams group mate Robert Kubica, who’s leaving the group after Sunday’s race.

“I’ve typically been pretty comfy with the automobile, which has been constructive,” stated Norris, who certified seventh and two locations forward of Spaniard Sainz however begins sixth because of a grid penalty for Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas.

“We’re forward of the midfield guys we wished to beat, in order that’s a bonus.”

“It couldn’t have been any higher by way of positions — it’s a great way to finish the season,” added the Briton, who has 45 factors to Sainz’s 95.

Russell certified 20th and one place forward of Kubica.

The Williams pair will even every transfer up a spot because of Bottas going to the again of the grid however that can do little to cushion the ache of what has been a torrid yr for the fallen champions.

Each Norris and Russell got here into Method One this season as highly-rated children tipped as stars of the long run.

The place Norris has scored the occasional headline consequence, Russell’s sturdy performances have been obscured by Williams’ woeful lack of tempo.

Nonetheless, the Mercedes-backed 21-year-old took some comfort from his good document in opposition to the way more skilled Kubica, who has scored the group’s solely level of the season.

“It’s a must to take the small victories and be happy that we did the utmost with the automobile,” stated Russell.

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