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Russell: Williams must work to understand 'really poor' race pace

  • Published on 20 Jul 2020 10:37
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  • By: Fergal Walsh

George Russell has admitted confusion over Williams' lack of race pace following its strong qualifying result in Hungary.

For the second weekend in a row, Russell progressed out of Q1 and was joined in Q2 in Budapest by teammate Nicholas Latifi.

However, the Grove-based squad's hopes of points faded after it became apparent it didn't possess the pace on Sunday to keep up with its rivals.

Russell crossed the line in 18th, ahead of Latifi who suffered a puncture early on in the race, which contributed to heavy floor damage as he made his way back to the pits.

Russell says his race was compromised right from the get-go, as those around him made a better start on the run into Turn 1.

“It seemed like everyone on the right-hand side of the grid made terrible starts,” Russell said. “I felt like I made an average start compared to the guys ahead of me, but then everyone on the left shot past me.

“From then on in, our race pace was really poor. We need to understand what's going on because last year, it was the opposite, the race pace was better than the quali pace.

“Now we're pretty fast on a Saturday and struggle a lot on a Sunday. We've got some analysing to do.”

However, Russell still pointed out that there were positives to take from the weekend, considering Williams didn't come close to progressing out of Q1 throughout the 2019 season.

“If we look at everything and see the steps we've made, especially on the Saturdays, we've got to be relatively pleased and [there's] plenty of positives,” he said.

“But we just need to rectify the negatives and make the pace of the car a bit better across the board.”

Next on the F1 calendar is Russell's home grand prix in Silverstone: “I'm looking forward to driving at Silverstone. I think everybody is looking forward to a couple of days off as it's been flat out for all of us.”

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  • Dert38

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    WOW Latifi was in top 9 for a long time (((((((

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    • Jul 20 2020 - 11:31
  • f1ski

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    slow car.

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    • Jul 20 2020 - 14:00
  • JuJuHound

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    I hope he won't lost his motivation due to this poor race pace by Williams, and I hope Mercedes still ranks him high enough to consider him as Bottas replacement for 2022. Together with Norris, Hamilton and Perez (who didn't feel phusically right at Hungary) they are doing fantastic job this season to earn high respect.

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    • Jul 20 2020 - 14:26
    • I don't think he will, he is far too good to get let down over this.

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      • Jul 20 2020 - 17:02
  • He needs to be kinder to the team - from where it was last season, Williams have made a huge step in the right direction. The car does not look like the handful it did last season, it looks much easier to control - it just lacks outright pace. The drivers are no longer fighting it into every corner wondering if oversteer or understeer would happen, so the team needs to commended for their improvement as they were simply nowhere last season and now they really are actually fighting for positions instead of just following the rear of the field.

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    • Jul 21 2020 - 00:52

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