Williams F1 driver George Russell insists that the 2019 season isn’t a complete write-off just yet, despite fundamental problems with the FW42 preventing either himself or team-mate Robert Kubica from taking anything but last and second last places in any session at any of the five Grand Prix so far this season.
Having suggested prior to the Spanish Grand Prix that it would be a good indication of whether Williams has any chance of making inroads into the midfield this year, and having again proved to be the slowest team by a (albeit decreased) margin, you might think that an air of resignation would be slowly creeping into young George’s outlook.
But not so! George is a guy at the very start of his F1 journey and he knows he will have better days to come, whether with Williams or elsewhere. As such, his positive demeanour (publicly at least) remains unwavering.
When asked by Motorsport Week if he was still hopeful of being able to compete with cars ahead of him he said:
“I think so yeah. The car is not where we want to be. But it’s not like we’re three seconds off the pace and the car feels great.”
“The car doesn’t feel good, so there’s hope that if we improve that balance feeling, make it more driveable for myself and Robert then the performance should come.” suggesting that once Williams are able to remedy the inherent stability issues of the FW42 then results should follow.
Russell qualified a season’s best 0.4 seconds behind the closest non-Williams in Spain, but that encouraging pace failed to materialise in the race as he and team-mate Kubica once again found themselves at the back come Sunday afternoon.
Williams head to the next race – the Monaco Grand Prix: a race they’ve won on three occasions, hoping it will be the race at which they score their first points of the 2019 Formula 1 season.