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Russell was 'battling myself' during Canada GP

  • Published on 12 Jun 2019 13:50
  • comments 5
  • By: Fergal Walsh

George Russell enjoyed his maiden weekend at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve despite the fact he was battling no one on the circuit.

The Williams driver ended the race in 16th, ahead of Kevin Magnussen and teammate Robert Kubica, but spent most of the Grand Prix out on his own.

MORE: Russell: Williams testing 'double or triple the amount' compared to rivals

Williams is still pushing to make gains on the midfield, with Russell previously confirming that Williams anticipated that Montreal would be one of its toughest weekends of the year.

"Even though I wasn't really fighting up there, I enjoyed it," Russel said. "I was battling with myself really, just trying to push as much as I could lap by lap.

"We maximised the set-up, we made good improvements in terms of the driveability of the car. We just need to put some downforce now."

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There is currently a proposal in the sporting regulations that would require every team to run a rookie driver twice in FP1 during the course of the season.

Russell says that it is a good idea on paper to give rookies more F1 experience in an era of limited testing, but believes it could have a damaging effect on their confidence. 

"It's a great idea to try and give experience to young drivers, but personally I don't think it's a good idea because going into an FP1 session for 20 laps, these rookie drivers are going to try and prove what they have.

"You just can't do that without experience, so if anything it's just going to damage the driver's confidence more than doing good."

Russell added that after a couple of fly-away events, he is "looking forward" to returning Europe and get racing on circuits that he is more familiar with. 

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  • JuJuHound

    Posts: 335

    This kid is great. He is confident demolishing Kubica yet again. I wish he, not Ocon, join Mercedes for 2021, but not before. More experience in middle pack would be welcome - unfortunately except Force India (which in fact isn't available also) I see no place for him anywhere.
    He will probably stay with Williams for another year.
    Kubica should quit F1. His return is dissapointed. We can easy call it discredit.

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    • Jun 12 2019 - 14:17
    • Kubica is the biggest disappointment of 2019. I really hoped we would have seen some of his original talent.

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      • Jun 12 2019 - 15:35
    • It's pretty remarkable that Russell is propping his reputation while driving a Williams. I suspect Russell is seriously fast, but at the same time it's possible Kubica is just so terrible that he makes Russell look spectacular.

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      • Jun 12 2019 - 17:28
    • xoya

      Posts: 563

      Let's just hope that Russell is spectacular, for both of their sake. :)

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      • Jun 12 2019 - 19:07
  • Look at this comment Claire and despair. This is what your team is now. This, is what Williams have become.

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    • Jun 12 2019 - 19:52

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