Williams driver George Russell is trying hard to maintain a positive outlook despite a difficult start to his Grand Prix career.
The Briton finds himself in a Williams team struggling with a FW42 that is seconds adrift of its nearest competitor leaving him unable to compete with anyone but his team-mate Robert Kubica.
Russell, however, is refusing to let his and the team’s current predicament negatively impact him, and has again reinforced how they are wholly focussed on improving their performances as the season progresses.
“There are thousands and thousands of drivers who would love to be in F1 and I am one of those drivers.” said Russell of his current situation.
“Obviously you are not going to be chilled out or relaxed when we are at the back of the grid by a long way”
The Williams driver also urged the team to maintain their composure and avoid doing anything drastic in an attempt to find a quick-fix for their problems.
“We do have to stay positive and not do anything drastic.”
“It’s a step-by-step process to make sure that everything is in place to build onto. There is light at the end of the tunnel but it’s quite far away at the moment.”
“At the end of the day this is the position we are in and we’ve now got to work on making the most of that. In any sport you can’t do that overnight.”
After two rounds of the 2019 Formula 1 World Championship, Russell has a 16th and 15th place finishes to his name, beating his team-mate Kubica on both occasions.
The performance deficit of the 2019 Williams is such though that their two drivers only have each other as a benchmark with everyone else completely out of reach.
The Grove team are optimistic they can improve their fortunes as the season progresses, with the FW42 – although currently slow – being a solid bedrock on which to develop, unlike its predecessor, the much maligned FW41.