After struggling off the line from the 14th spot grid berth and the opening lap he saw him shuffled backwards, Russell maximized his initial pit stop to climb 12th on the checkered flag. I used it to create an impressive drive.
At the pace of him and Williams, Russell succeeded in a series of overtakings, including a pass by Esteban Ocon’s Alpine and AlphaTauri’s Yuki Tsunoda, finishing 12th in a non-retirement race.
As a result, he performed best this season, one less than Williams’ best ever, which eight drivers couldn’t finish at last year’s Tuscan Grand Prix.
George Russell, Williams
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“It was a really great race from the inside. I was able to do some great overtakings and I had a really great race at [Yuki] Finally, Kakuda, for us, these cars, Alphas, [Esteban] I think it’s probably the best race I’ve ever had to overtake Ocon and Kakuda to finish in 12th place. [with Williams]”Russell told Sky Sports F1.
“I’m sorry that nothing happened before because I said the benefits of 12th place are usually pretty good, but I’m still really happy. It’s a good way to start the 3 weeks.”
Russell was happy with his drive, but the 23-year-old is determined to improve his start and his ability at Early Rap Squamish.
Mercedes F1 Jr. felt poor performance in raising the temperature of the tires on the formation lap. This turned out to be costly in the early stages of the race.
“I don’t think I’ve done enough work to get the tires into the window on the formation lap. A lot of wheels got off the line and it was just a knock-on effect,” he explained.
“I was sandwiched between Turn 1 and I couldn’t go anywhere because there was a car on the outside and a car on the inside.
“To be honest, I’m in F1 because I’m behind the grid, so I really had a hard time. This is something I need to work on.
“I continued my efforts, but in the end I was able to get it to work early on. I made those efforts a very long way.”
Russell’s run to 12th place raised Williams to 9th place ahead of his rival Haas in the Constructors’ ranking.
12th place in my best drive merit for Williams
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