F1i's Driver Ratings for the 2019 Japanese GP

George Russell (P18): 6/10
George Russell had the unusual sensation of finishing Friday's practice session at the bottom of the pile, even behind team mate Robert Kubica who had been testing out new aero components that show some early promise for 2020. After the Saturday hiatus for the typhoon, Russell ended up slowest of the cars to make timed laps after Kubica and Kevin Magnussen crashed out in the gusty conditions, but it was nonetheless to his credit that he was only two hundredths off Sergio Perez at the end of Q1. It put Russell on 18th place on the grid, but the race proved quite a struggle as his FW42 was beset by brake problems almost from the get-go. In the end the team decided to retire the car on the penultimate lap - although he was still classified ahead of Kubica, in part thanks to the curtailed finish with the race ending a lap early due to a timing glitch. There's not much else to say about the rookie's weekend, other than that he clearly savoured the chance to race on one of F1's most iconic tracks.