We know that George Russell is a very talented driver. He has been able to qualify very high despite driving a Williams, which is not the most capable car to fight with teams like McLaren, Ferrari or even Alpine. The British driver came to Formula 1 in 2019 with Williams, and it will be until the 2022 season when he leaves that team and drives now for Mercedes, thanks to the departure of Valtteri Bottas. In 2020, Nicholas Latifi reached the top category, also at the hands of Williams, however, the Canadian rider has been heavily overshadowed by Russell. Alex Albon will replace Russell in the British team and Latifi will remain another year in this team.
In an interview with Jost Capito, reported by "motorsport.com", the German commented that the difference in pace between Russell and Latifi is not as big as people think, this comes from the fact that the fans and media have speculated that next year, Williams won't do as well as they have been doing this year because of Russell. He was asked how much weaker the team will be without the British driver, to which he replied:
“It’s difficult to say. I think, when you see [at Monza] in qualifying, Nicky was missing four hundredths of a second. So, you can’t say that we have a huge gap between George and Nicky in qualifying, in the racing as well. When you look at Hungary at the race, Nicky did a fantastic job [there].” Capito affirmed.
“I don’t think the gap is as big as everybody believes or it looks. He had a couple of issues in qualifying this season, Nicky, that were not caused by him. And he would have been in a position to be nearly at the speed or even at the speed of George.” The Williams CEO confirmed.
“I am absolutely sure that Alex [Albon] can get established in the team very fast as well and can deliver his best. So I’m absolutely convinced we have two very strong drivers next year.”
“And as I said, he [Latifi] has truly done a very very good job.”