F1 | Spanish GP | Russell: The car "felt the best it ever has" during my time at Williams
The Williams' driver spoke to the media about his race in Spain where, although he finished P14, he picked up pure positive notes about the team's performance on Saturday and Sunday.
In a virtual session with selected media that included MotorLat, the Williams drivers spoke about the race in Barcelona. Here is what George Russell, particularly, stated about his results and his race in particular, after he finished P14.
“We have to be satisfied with the job we did today. The car in the race today felt good and I felt really confident, however, the result doesn’t quite reflect that, as we started P15 and finished P14.”
“We were on the one-stop and the guys around us were on the two-stop. I was battling with Fernando (Alonso) trying to pass him and the guys behind me were on the brand-new soft tyres which were much faster.”
“As soon as I got passed by one, they all came past. The tyres were on the limit, I was on the limit and the car was on the limit. That was the maximum and I am really pleased we opted with that strategy as it gave us half a chance. We were so close to a much better result and hopefully, we have more of these race weekends.”
“To be battling there on merit was a great job. I’m really pleased that we rolled the dice and we found ourselves in a position where it is about finding margins. Who knows what would have happened, it is really difficult but overall I think we did a very good job with the car. It felt the best it ever has.”
An almighty effort from George, Nicky and the whole team today as the chequered flag falls 👏@GeorgeRussell63 - P14@NicholasLatifi - P16 pic.twitter.com/6mz0lyqBFd— Williams Racing (@WilliamsRacing) May 9, 2021
George Russell is now on his 3rd Formula 1 season after being 2018’s F2 champion. When asked if the team takes on his suggestions and comments now that he is not a rookie anymore, the driver said he's the one "with the feedback of how the tyres are feeling. Obviously, the two-stop was quicker but the one-stop gives you track positions.”
Saying constantly that the FW43-B was very quick during the race, Russell was asked to explain how he did think the car changed or the reasons behind the improvement.
“The car was just consistent to drive. When the car is consistent it is great especially for a driver and specifically because that was something I struggled with at Portimao.” Being a driver is all about confidence and if you do not have it you can have a negative effect on the tyres, if the car is consistent you can push it to its limits.”
“Of course a lot of people said the car felt better but I think we made a bigger jump.”
And onto the very next two races that will be on street circuits, “To be honest I think we have to wait, obviously, Monaco is a completely different game; Azerbaijan is very different, again.”
George Russell concluded by talking about the track-limits polemic that has been developing during the 2021 season on his role as GPDA director and asked to give his point of view simply as a Williams driver.
“Talking purely on behalf of George Russell the driver rather than George Russell director of the GPDA I think it is very difficult. The FIA ultimately is trying to just make the circuits safer and that is obviously the number 1 priority but it has come with consequences about track limits over the past course of the last few seasons. And it goes further than Formula 1, if something needs to change is that we find the right balance but I don’t have the solution. That’s what I’m asking for because you can’t tick the boxes for safety as for motorbikes, for speed as for Formula 1 cars."
“I don’t have the answers but I guess everyone will be working hard to find the solution not in the next year but in the next few years. It is a very hot topic and we as drivers discuss it continuously between us, case by case and circuit by circuit obviously coming with these issues week after week.”