George Russell risked losing his record of outqualifying Williams team mates in Imola

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• George Russell qualified 12th for the 2021 Imola Grand Prix.

• Russell's Williams team mate, Nicholas Latifi, almost outqualified the British driver.

• Russell has only been outqualified by a team mate once in his F1 career.

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For the first time in his Formula 1 career, George Russell has been outqualified by a Williams team mate. Well, almost.

Since joining F1 in 2019, Russell has been in a class of his own at Williams. Whether against Robert Kubica (2019) or Nicholas Latifi (2020 -), the British driver always manages to get the most out of his car, and topple his team mates. It is encouraging to see, and highlights that he is one of the stars to look out for in future.

During the first qualifying session for the 2021 Imola Grand Prix, Latifi managed to outqualify Russell as both drivers advance to the second part of qualifying. Latifi managed to put his car in the 12th position, while Russell managed 14th. And while Russell wasn't formally outqualified, this is the first time that a Williams team mate managed to finish a qualifying session ahead of Russell.

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George Russell

Once outqualified

In the second part of qualifying, both Williams drivers pulled out all the stops to get the best result possible. In the end, both drivers were eliminated and failed to advance to Q3, but it was Russell who got the best of the intra-team battle.

Russell managed to put his Williams in 12th place for tomorrow's (18 April) race, while Latifi qualified in 14th place. In the end, Russell is yet to be outqualified by a Williams team mate.

Russell has been outqualified by a team mate once before in his F1 career. In qualifying for the 2020 Sakhir GP, when the Williams driver stood in for Lewis Hamilton after the champ tested positive for Covid-19, Russell was drafted in to drive for the Mercedes team. Russell performed admirably but lost out on pole position to temporary team mate, Valtteri Bottas, by a mere 0.026 seconds.

To date, it's been the only time Russell has been outqualified in F1, and a Williams team mate is yet to outpace him in the all-important session ahead of a race.

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