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Russell thought he was fighting for P6 during Monaco GP

  • Published on 28 May 2019 11:10
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  • By: Fergal Walsh

George Russell has revealed that Williams gained hope in Monaco that it could achieve a points finish.

Russell pitted for hard tyres when a safety car was called following trouble for Charles Leclerc, who hit the barrier while trying to overtake Nico Hulkenberg.

The Briton also managed to slip past his teammate Robert Kubica when the Pole was hit by Antonio Giovinazzi at Rascasse and then caught up to a developing train led by Kimi Raikkonen.

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However, once the leaders began to pick up their pace, any hope of points diminished, with Russell eventually crossing the line in P15.

"It could have turned out even better," Russell said. "One of the guys was bunching everybody up in the pack and holding us up, unfortunately, but there was one point where we thought we were going to be ahead of Sainz in P6.

"From my side I was really happy with the race, we weren't really fighting for anything in the final half of the race but I wanted to treat it like we were, because I've got to test myself and put it on the limit so that when the time comes and we are fighting, I know what to expect.

"I was giving it everything out there and I think the times were fairly decent."

Russell 'maximised' the job at Monaco

Russell added that he has taken away a lot of confidence from the weekend, despite Williams still being off the pace compared to their rivals.

"I don't want to say we overperformed but I think we maximised the job," he said. "It was great to get so many laps under my belt, really pushing my limits.

"There was one point where my engineer came on the radio and said I was lapping at the same pace as the leader."


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  • Reminds me of the time I was driving around the streets of Monaco after the GP when the barricades were up and the rubber was still on the road, in my little Peugeot 205, pretending to race with the big boys.

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    • May 28 2019 - 20:00
  • Biggs7

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    Reminds me when Lewis Hamilton was still a rookie at McLaren against Alonso. Everything he won a race I would take my VW Golf 1.4i on the highway and imitate him...."Movement can take you to position A-B but imagination can take you everywhere"....it seem like reality has got of him now. Its not wrong to dream ha ha ha 6th place in your dreams my boy..

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    • May 28 2019 - 23:25

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