After his impressive win in the third quarter on Friday, George Russell continued to lose places in Great Britain: in the sprint qualifying with a 3-place penalty on the grid, but also at the start of the race with another missed start for the Williams driver.
With the adventures of Red Bull, Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel, the Williams driver was still able to finish 12th, and didn’t seem to be able to get an Alpha Tauri. Again, aside from the start, George Russell doesn’t have much to be ashamed of in racing…
“It was the max today for us. It was a bad start in the beginning but a very good start in the second. Unfortunately we already lost some positions. When you have 50 or 60 laps in the race it shows the real car speed, realistically we are still slower A bit of Alpha Tauri, Alpine and Aston Martin at the moment. Defending against these teams has always been tough, but we’ve run in the top 12 in the last four races, fighting for points in three of them, so we’re making good progress.”
“It was a great weekend here at Silverstone, with a solid weekend and support from the fans. I wish it was like this every weekend! I am so grateful, I hope we as a team can continue to do well and give them a reason to be happy.”
Nicholas Latifi finished two places behind his teammate and struggled above all else physically.
“It was a race with extremely hot and physically challenging Grand Prix temperatures. It was all about managing the tires. I think we popped our first Pirellis assignment elsewhere. It was finally hard to go ahead and get close to the other cars in the polluted air. Overall. , I’m happy with my performance and I think it was a decent race for the package we got. There are some positives to take from this weekend, and I’m looking forward to Hungary.”
Dave Robson, Performance Director, talks about a “Good fight in the middle of the grid” For Williams, which was still impossible a year or two ago.
Racing has become a balance between attack and tire management. It’s a shame we couldn’t beat Alpha Toure after we beat them Friday night, but it’s a race, and it’s a solid team. “
“We can take a lot of positives from this weekend and appreciate the different format. After racing in the heat here at Silverstone we are well prepared for the next event in Budapest in two weeks which should also be very hot. The nature of Hungaroring is very different from that of Silverstone, but it will be retain some aspects of tire behavior.”