George Russell Confident ‘It Can Only Get Better’ After Difficult Bahrain GP for Williams

Published 03/29/2021, 4:30 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Bahrain Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – March 26, 2021 Williams’ George Russell arrives at the circuit ahead of practice REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed


George Russell finished 14th in the first round of F1 in Bahrain. However, the Williams driver thinks that the pace of the car around the circuit was good but hopes the car can improve when they race in Imola.

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The British driver only started 15th on the grid and had to defend his 14th place from Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel. Nicholas Latifi started the race from 17th on the grid, but only managed to put in 51 laps before retiring the car.

Both the Williams drivers didn’t make it into the top ten as Russell saw the checkered flag at 14th place while his Canadian teammate, Latifi, had a DNF in the race and hence couldn’t grab some points for the Grove-based outfit.

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Formula One F1 – Pre-Season Testing – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – Williams’ George Russell in action during testing REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed

George Russell thinks the pace in Bahrain was strong

In the post-race interview, the Williams driver said, “It was nice to be racing, I had a good little tussle at the beginning, made a few places, lots a few places. I forgot how tricky it was right in that battle with all the cars surrounding.”

“But I thought it was a very well executed race, first stint was tricky, but second and third stints were as good as can be and our relative pace was actually pretty strong.”

“That’s where we were this weekend, and we need to reassess at Imola. I’d like to think this is the worst-case scenario, so fingers crossed it can only get better.” Russell concluded.

Williams’s Canadian driver, Latifi, didn’t get off to a great start in the round one

Nicholas Latifi had a tough time in Bahrain and had to retire during the Grand Prix. He noticed some problems during the first few laps of the race and a suspected boost leak put an end to Latifi’s night.

He said, “We tried to just stay out for as long as possible, again hoping ‘you never know what might happen, a lot of cars might retire, but in the end the last half of that race we were just circulating more than anything, not really racing, unfortunately.

“Not how you want the first race to go, but that’s motorsport sometimes.” Latifi concluded.

Formula One F1 – Pre-Season Testing – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – Williams’ Nicholas Latifi in action during testing REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed

Will the Grove-based team improve when they reach the circuit in Italy? Will the drivers improve on the pace of the car when they zip around the circuit in Imola, will it be enough to score some points in the 2021 season? How did you think the Williams team perform during the weekend? Let us know in the comments below.

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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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