Williams’ “Pretty Crazy” F1 Decision Surprised George Russell

April 1, 2021 3:45 pm

A Chief Technical Officer is an important role in an F1 team, as they help in developing a car. George Russell thinks that it was crazy that they didn’t have one since it is such a crucial role in a Formula One team.

The Grove-based team was taken by Dorilton Capital, their CEO Jost Capito brought someone with whom he has worked before. Francois-Xavier Demaison and Capito enjoyed success at the World Rally Championship and hope they bring that to the F1 grid.

The opening round didn’t go as planned for the team, as Russell finished in 14th place while Nicholas Latifi had to retire from the race. Hence, the Grove-based team couldn’t bring any points to the table in the first race.

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)

George Russell was shocked that the team didn’t have a Technical Director

As quoted by Grandpx. news, the Williams driver said, “During all of my time at Williams we had no technical director, which is pretty crazy when you think about it. It means a lot of people have been doing jobs they weren’t supposed to do. If a technical director gets it right, those mechanics or engineers can focus on their jobs again.”

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

When asked how it was working with new management in the form of Jos Capito. Russell added, “I am impressed with the motivation and good mood he has brought to the team. He’s an incredibly approachable guy who talks to everyone in the garage. He’ll have a positive impact on Williams for the next few years.”

Russell thinks that the team can improve for the race in Imola

The Bahrain Grand Prix ended in disappointment for the 23-year-old as he crossed the finish line in 14th place. However, he thinks there are few learnings to take away from the weekend.

In the post-race interview, Russell 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.”

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

“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 worst-case scenario, so fingers crossed it can only get better.”

The second round of the 2021 season is just weeks away. Will they bounce back with a great result in Imola? Can Russell and Latifi extract the most out of the car? Only time will answer those questions. What did you think of the Grove-based team‘s performance in Bahrain? Let us know in the comments below.

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Arpit Gomes

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. When he's not writing about F1 or watching Drive to Survive, Arpit can be found producing documentary films.

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