George Russell had a cloud of mystery surrounding his seat at Williams. Rumors were that Williams would drop him, but eventually, the English Constructors stuck with him. His Imola crash is definitely not an apt thank you note on the Briton’s part.
Looking back, Russell quoted it as his ‘stupid mistake’ and sincerely apologized to his team for the DNF. However, he is not being bleak in his approach towards the incident. Rather, he is very optimistic.
“I just need a couple of days to sort of review, get over it. It’s in the past. I’m looking to the future now,” reflected the Briton.
Russell was a few laps away from scoring his first championship points ever in F1. Even though he wasted that opportunity, he knows that he learned an important lesson on the track at Imola.
“I need to take a couple of days to sort of reflect on what has just happened.
“Ultimately as well, I think we got to take away some positives from this. I’ve got to go into the next race with a positive frame of mind, because we need to fight to get ourselves back in this position again,” remarked the Williams racer.
George Russell is confident about his team and his car. He is certain that they will get back in pace with Haas and Alfa Romeo. The team has also been performing well under their temporary principal, Simon Roberts hinting that they can compete for 2021.
“In all honesty, I’m confident we can. I think we’ve made some breakthroughs with the set-up and understanding of the car over the past couple of race weekends,” expressed Russell.
Well, figuring out how the cars work is a concern for many teams now. Ferrari have been struggling with it, Renault have been through the phase and Williams is also figuring their way out from it. Once a team cracks that, the struggle is minimized.
“I think we are in a really good position to always be on the front foot against Alfa Romeo and Haas, and definitely picking up places when people don’t optimize their sessions,” said George Russell.
Russell appears ready to take on the big sharks now. He himself must get frustrated after having gone 2 years without a single point. Well, he believes he did his education, and it is time to implement it.
The weekend in Istanbul will be a genuine test for Russell. He has displayed sheer promise at both Portimao and Imola. He would like to maintain that and build on that more. He needs to get his Sundays as focused as his Saturdays and those points will come, eventually.