All of the potential for this weekend has been there. Starting 10th on the grid after a great qualifying, George Russell was comfortably cruising on 8th place in the first stint, only to be struck with a power unit-related issue that eventually led him to retire from the race.
After the race, he spoke with Sky Sports F1, and said: "I don't really know what to think, to be honest. We are in this together, we were obviously having a great race. The team apologised on the radio but there was no need, we are in this together and fighting. But it's frustrating, for sure. Racing is cruel sometimes. It's never straightforward, it's never easy pickings.”
When it comes to Russell and points, the 23 years old Brit doesn’t have too much luck there. We’ve seen it time and time again, that the moment he happens to get close to a points finish, something happens to prevent him from it. The most notable one was definitely the Sakhir GP, where he got the chance to drive the Mercedes (due to Hamilton’s sickness), immediately had a stellar drive (definitely better than Bottas, who is the regular driver of the team) and was close to score his first podium and even a win in F1, but the mistakes of the Mercedes F1 team led to him eventually finishing 9th. Ouch.
After the Styrian GP, Russell took to twitter, where he wrote:
This one hurt. Every single member of the team should hold their head high today. We were up there on merit. Racing can be brutal but we keep fighting.— George Russell (@GeorgeRussell63) June 27, 2021
When asked about the reason for the retirement, Russell answered: "I think it was about 14 laps in when the team came on [the radio] and said we need to do a two-stop because of an issue. So it was a very rare pneumatic issue on the car; they are still looking into what happened.”
Will George get a proper chance on scoring points soon? Or will we actually see him in another team from the 2022 season? Although it is still too early to guess, most of F1 fans would like to see Russell with a little bit more luck. He is definitely a promising driver, who’s talent definitely helps Williams to bounce from the very bottom of the championship standings.
We stay positive, keep our heads up and get ready to fight again next week! 💪💙 pic.twitter.com/kfQijMJ9j5— Williams Racing (@WilliamsRacing) June 27, 2021