“In My Entire Formula 1 Experience… ” – George Russell Gives His Honest Verdict on Qatar GP

Published 11/23/2021, 11:36 PM EST
Formula One F1 – Italian Grand Prix – Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Monza, Italy – September 10, 2021 Williams’ George Russell arrives at the circuit REUTERS/Jennifer Lorenzini


George Russell has been having a tough time on the track off-late. After scoring in three out of four races from Hungary to Russia, the Williams driver has disappeared from rankings and hasn’t come close to getting points again. In Qatar as well, Russell was nowhere near getting into the points as finished in P17.

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Russell suffered from high tire degradation in the race, resulting in a puncture. Speaking of the race, the Brit stated that the circuit was quick and fluid and he had lots of wear on the front left tire of the car.

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“This was probably the race where the pace was the highest”- George Russell

As reported by Motorsport-total, Russell mentioned he had fun pushing the limits on the track. He also revealed that it surprised him that there were no issues with rear tires, except on the front left.

“On this track, it was incredibly impressive how hard you could push. It was relatively fluid, which allowed us to really go full throttle. In my entire Formula 1 experience, this was probably the race where the pace was the highest if you will,” said Russell.

Formula One F1 – Dutch Grand Prix – Circuit Zandvoort, Zandvoort, Netherlands – September 2, 2021, Williams’ George Russell during the FIA Press Conference Pool via REUTERS/Andrej Isakovic

“That was really fun, but obviously it didn’t work out. That’s quite surprising. You could probably have gone back to the UK with the rear tires. The wear only affected the left front pretty much,” said the Williams driver.

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The Williams driver analyzes his race in Qatar

George Russell finished in P17 at the Qatar Grand Prix. The Brit was never really comfortable throughout the weekend and was surprised by the lack of pace on Saturday. He also emphasized that the team needs to do everything possible to finish P8 in the championship.

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Formula One F1 – Italian Grand Prix – Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Monza, Italy – September 10, 2021, Williams’ George Russell during qualifying REUTERS/Jennifer Lorenzini

“Usually we’ve had tough Sundays, but we’ve had really great Saturdays to make up for that and it’s easier to hold a position than to fight for a position when you know the pace of our car.”

“But for whatever reason, the pace wasn’t there on Saturday either. So we have to make the most of the last two weekends and make sure we finish eighth because that’s the most important thing for us at the moment,” said the young Brit.

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Williams are currently in P8 in the championship with 23 points and leads Alfa Romeo by 12 points with two races to go. Will they achieve the finish they are aiming for?

 

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Devang Chauhan

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Devang Chauhan is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having completed his graduation in Journalism and Mass Communication, he has a keen eye for writing engaging and detailed articles on F1. Previously a writer for Sports Social's 'Chase Your Sport' Magazine, Devang has been an ardent follower of the sport for over a decade and has attended two editions of the Indian Grand Prix.

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