Sergey Sirotkin on standby for the ill George Russell in Abu Dhabi

Williams are monitoring the condition of George Russell to see if he is fit enough to drive this weekend with former Williams driver Sergey Sirotkin on standby to fill in for him should he not be able to take part in the rest of the weekend.

Russell had a medical issue and went for a check-up before the first free practice session this morning and was eventually declared fit enough to drive.

He set the 20th fastest time in FP1 and also took part in the second free practice session, but it is believed that a decision will be made later on as to whether or not he is fit enough to continue. Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas topped the first free practice session.

Reserve driver Nicholas Latifi can’t step in should Russell not be able to continue as a result of his FIA Formula 2 programme this weekend, and there is also a problem with his superlicence.

It is also known that Mercedes reserve driver Esteban Ocon had a seat fitting on Thursday night but that he was too tall to be able to get comfortably acquainted with the 2019 Williams Formula 1 car.

That’s where Sirotkin steps in. The Renault reserve driver drove for the team in 2018 and proved to have a more successful seat fitting and is therefore on standby should he be required to fill in for the ill Russell this weekend.

Williams team boss Claire Williams refused to comment on the situation.

Header image from Motorsport Images. 

By Jordan Hollands.

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