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Russell believes Williams will be at the rear of the field

  • Published on 01 Mar 2019 12:20
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  • By: Coilin Higgins

Williams F1 rookie George Russell believes that the Grove based team is currently heading up the rear of the field during Thursday's testing in Barcelona. The team have been working hard to recover the losses sustained after they missed the opening two tests last week in an attempt to get the new car ready.

Williams had a dismal season in 2018, finishing in last in the constructors championship after scoring only 7 points from 21 races. However, Russell believes that their is still a lot to be found from the new FW42.

"I’d be lying if I said we were not the slowest at the moment, that is a reality,” Russell told MotorsportWeek.com. "It is clear we have some work to do, but was very positive is that we made a big step from when I jumped into the car definitely on Tuesday, we made a step since Robert [Kubica] was in the car yesterday.Hopefully when he jumps in again tomorrow, we will find another step."

Mercedes junior driver and 2018 FIA F2 Champion Russell joins Williams in an all new line up for 2019 alongside popular Polish driver Robert Kubica, who makes a much anticipated return to F1 since sustaining life threatening injuries in a rally accident in 2011. Russell is confident and eager to make his debut in Australia in two weeks' time.

“I think I need to step back and pinch myself and realise I am in F1 and I will be making my debut, but at the end of the day my goal is to be in F1 for many years to come,” Russell commented. "If I step back and relax too much I might be kicked out of the door. So my goal at the moment is to work with the team to try and push this car and get everything out of it.”

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  • Sorry to agree with Russell here but all evidence suggests they will be at the back again. Best to keep his head down working hard and doing his best and things should eventually go his way. He undeniably has the talent to succeed.

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    • Mar 1 2019 - 19:28
  • Yes, like Ram, I agree with Russell. Heads need to roll at Williams.... I have no French descendants by the way...

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    • Mar 1 2019 - 19:48
  • Kean

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    I’m thinking 2 sec behind the midfield. Claire needs to step down, she said something like she’ll go down with the ship, I think that’s the wrong tactic since it seems she and Paddy are causing the ship to sink.

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    • Mar 2 2019 - 15:47
    • I dont think you can blame paddy too much, not yet. Claire and Mike for sure should be held to account for this shambles.

      My bet is 2.5s a lap off the race pace at Melbourne. Being lapped twice or more in the race, assuming they can finish the race, which is 50/50.

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      • Mar 3 2019 - 11:15

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