George Russell is still looking for the top 10 in 2021. In the final stage, at the Austrian Grand Prix, the Briton finished 10th, but after an uphill battle with Fernando Alonso – who said he was “a bit sad” because he took Russell’s chance – The two-time champion ended up last in the scoring area.
Now for the next stage at Silverstone, Russell’s home, the first qualifying race will take place, which will see the 100km race to determine the grid for the British Grand Prix after a record qualifying session on Friday instead of the usual Saturday. It will also be the UK’s most popular sporting event since the Covid-19 pandemic, so the Williams driver is excited to be back there, although he is wary of Williams’ performance in the new model.
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Silverstone will have a bigger audience [do que a Áustria] “And I’m sure they are looking forward to it,” Russell said in an interview with Autosport. “Obviously there is the qualifying race as well. I’m not really sure it will work for us because we are a little bit better at qualifying than we were in the race.”
“But we have to give it a chance and maybe it will go in the other direction. It’s new for everyone and this also gives us a chance.”
Russell added that he is driving “with great confidence” in Williams’ work as he continues his quest for first points with the team.
“I feel very good with the car and the team at the moment and we are doing everything we can, which I think is very important,” he said.
“We’re all doing really well and it’s so close [dos pontos]. I had P12 in France, P8 last week before we retired, and P11 on Sunday.”