Glorious George indeed! The new Williams F1 driver was rather busy on Thursday in Abu Dhabi with PR commitments in F2 and in Formula 1, which meant he had to commute between the two (rather distant) paddocks. On Friday, he was back in the car and he meant business, leaving no crumbs for his challengers: quickest in free practice, he went on to clinch a fifth pole position while Alexander Albon took P8. The F2 crown was so close, he could smell it!
In the Feature Race, he chose to go on the Supersoft/Soft tyre strategy, but at the start saw Nyck de Vries jump him for the lead. Further back Albon stalled, making it almost certain that George was going to be champion that day, save some divine intervention. Still, Russell wanted to seal the title with a win; he was able to pass the Dutchman with a gamble, stopping one lap earlier than the PREMA driver and blasting past as de Vries rejoined the track following his pitstop. Russell claimed the lead for the final four laps of the race after Luca Ghiotto (on the alternate strategy) made his mandatory pitstop in the late stages of the event. At the chequered flag, George claimed a seventh victory in 2018 and with it the F2 crown, following in the footsteps of Charles Leclerc.
His impressive 2018 campaign was concluded with fourth place and fastest lap in the Sprint Race. We will be proudly looking on next year, as he will debut in Formula One. Bravo!