“A Bit Unfortunate for Us” – George Russell Highlights Major Problems for Williams F1 in 2021 Season

Published 03/06/2021, 7:04 AM EST
NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND: George Russell of Great Britain and Williams prepares to drive in the garage during final practice for the F1 Grand Prix of Great Britain at Silverstone in Northampton, England. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)


As Williams prepares for the upcoming season of Formula One, their driver, George Russell, is concerned about one thing. Russell has stated it would be tough to battle Haas and Alfa Romeo because they have a Ferrari engine.

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Even though his team runs on a Mercedes engine, they failed to score points in the constructor’s championship last season. Their rivals, Haas & Alfa Romeo, however, managed to score minor points even though they were powered by a lackluster Ferrari engine.

This year, this difference might be exacerbated as Ferrari team principal, Mattia Binotto has stated that their new engine looks promising.

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ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – DECEMBER 12: Nicholas Latifi of Canada driving the (6) Williams Racing FW43 Mercedes on track during final practice ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi at Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)

George Russell thinks having a Ferrari engine is unfortunate for Williams

In an interview with F1i.com, the young British driver said, “We want to be in the same position as last year [of racing Haas and Alfa Romeo] as a bare minimum. We do appreciate and recognise that the Ferrari power train will take a big step forward.

“So that’s a bit unfortunate for us, so we’ve had to do almost double the work over the winter.”

SPIELBERG, AUSTRIA: George Russell of Great Britain and Williams walks in the Pitlane during qualifying for the F1 Grand Prix of Austria at Red Bull Ring in Spielberg, Austria. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

Russell added, “But that’s the bare minimum [target], fighting and ahead of Alfa Romeo and Haas, which I think is a realistic target and fingers crossed hopefully fighting toward the mid-pack.”

The team’s journey to restore the glory

In a way, the Grove-based outfit are on a new journey this season. Even though their driver lineup is the same, the team now run under new ownership, Dorilton Capital, who took over after the Williams family was forced to exit the sport.

As they hope to climb back up from the literal bottom of the ladder, Williams have even gone for a livery that used to dominate the track and win championships.

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The team will go to Bahrain to conduct pre-season testing where they will unleash the FW43B in all its glory. With an exciting lineup, they hope they can give the teams on the grid a tough time to score some much-needed points.

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Arpit Gomes is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing his Journalism degree from Xavier’s Institute, he is a big fan of McLaren and their driver Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo. Arpit always looks forward to the paddock moving to Spa and drivers dealing with the exciting Eau Rouge corner as well the straight at Monza.

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