George Russell’s latest fantastic performances on track with Williams had him at the edge of scoring his so yearned first points with the team at the Red Bull Ring when, after a phenomenal classification result that finally saw him starting the Austrian GP from 8th on the grid, he lost the 10th place that would have secured the first point of his season to Fernando Alonso and so, finished yet another race at P11.
P11 for @GeorgeRussell63 and P15 for @NicholasLatifi. A tough one to take.— Williams Racing (@WilliamsRacing) July 4, 2021
Regardless, what an effort from GR63 and the whole team. We won't give up. We'll keep fighting for those points 💪 pic.twitter.com/ZqauGX0j5O
Williams’ team principal Jost Capito spoke to Motorsport.com about the spirit inside the team, and he stated that the result made everyone feel: “very disappointed”.
But instead of turning the “negative” atmosphere in Williams into a thing that needs to be sorted out, Capito is definitely “very happy that everybody is disappointed because four weeks ago everybody would have triumphed for 11th place.”
“Let’s say the 12th place in France was fantastic and now, with being disappointed with 11th, it shows the fire of the team and the enthusiasm the team has now.”
“It shows that they want more, and they are not happy with the result that doesn’t deliver points. I think that’s very important for the team to push on and to even try harder,” Jost Capito told motorsport.com.
Williams currently sits 9th in the constructor’s championship standings, ahead of Haas thanks to Russell's P11 result last weekend. Unlike the latter, the Grove-based team has been closer to the points this year, as they sit waiting for the result that would replace the memory of Robert Kubica’s 10th place at the 2019 German GP.
“France was a fantastic race for him and this was a fantastic race for him, as was last week,” said Capito, referring to both races that took place at the Red Bull Ring.
“I think if we would have gone and said before the triple-header what we would achieve in these three races, everybody would have said you are completely crazy, it’s never ever [going to happen]. And now we are even disappointed with this result! So I think that shows the way we are taking with the team.”
Former CEO of Williams and now Team Principal over Roberts departure, Capito concluded by giving his expectations moving on to next weeks' British Grand Prix, on what will be the team’s home GP.
“It’s very dependent on the weather conditions. I think everybody knows by now that our car is very tricky in windy conditions, and Silverstone is known that it can be very windy. If it is, we might struggle. If it’s not that windy then we might have a chance to be somewhere close to where we were in Austria,” he said.
Keep progressing 🙌— Williams Racing (@WilliamsRacing) July 4, 2021
A final word from Jost as we sign out from Austria 👋 pic.twitter.com/WAFilaybbS