The sun set on Yas Marina circuit and on the 2019 Formula season as well.
We are heading to a long winter lethargy but first there are Mercedes test in Abu Dhabi with Bottas and Russell in the cockpits.
The young Englishman just finished his first season in Formula 1 as a Williams driver and he had hopes to drive a Mercedes for 2020… and he will, but not as he would have expected.
With Lewis Hamilton dued to rest, Russell with test his car during the next few days but he will remain in Williams as an official driver for 2020 too.
The 2018 F2 Champion had a tough season, scoring none in points, a disappointing result counting his qualities.
Was he ready? Could he do more to his team? This guy has all that it takes to impress but he would have needed a better car. His “class-mate” Lando Norris outstand the expectations on him counting on a “phoenix-like” arisen McLaren putting on a shadow on the other rookies.
The British driver instead just obtaining a shady 17th place but his personality is still there. He was feeling sick during the past days so he risked to not attending the race at all.https://www.motorlat.com/notas/f1/13989/abu-dhabi-gp-alex-albon-i-m-not-satisfied-with-my-result
“It’s not an illness, it’s just something else”- George Russell said – “it’s just something else. I’ll expand when the time is right”.
No surprise his performance here was not that shiny, we have already mentioned the car that in 2020 will be better, and so he will improve as well. There is another particular to keep in mind: he will face a new teammate, Nicholas Latifi that has been finally confirmed by Claire Williams. This means that George will be the older one, the expert one. How it will go, we will see in February.
By now, Russell is just happy to be here and to have made it through the whole season. He twitted a thank you to his fans who were there through it all: “First F1 season complete... wow! It hasn’t been the easiest of years but I’ve absolutely loved it. I’ve had my stronger days, my weaker days - but I’ve always given it my everything and each experience has made me stronger. Thank you for all of the support - it means the world
First F1 season complete... wow! It hasn’t been the easiest of years but I’ve absolutely loved it. I’ve had my stronger days, my weaker days - but I’ve always given it my everything and each experience has made me stronger. Thank you for all of the support - it means the world ❤️ pic.twitter.com/dnrdc4MCHT— George Russell (@GeorgeRussell63) December 1, 2019