“P8 would have been the minimum really” – George Russell is looking to move beyond his weekend disappointment and win points in the Austrian Grand Prix.
George Russell was looking strong for his and Williams’ first points of his season before a power unit failure ruined his race. The Brit is confident he would have finished at least P8, ahead of Fernando Alonso.
“Absolutely. I think we would have definitely finished ahead of Alonso [who finished P8]. I think he was struggling a bit. I was just managing my tyres, out of that midfield gaggle I was the first one on the mediums.
“And I was just managing, waiting for them to pit to sort of drop the hammer, and then I would have had the fresh tyres at the end. So I would have been in a really strong position. I think P8 would have been the minimum really.”
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George Russell looking to overtake Alfa Romeo
Russell has another shot at the Red Bull Ring this weekend, and his confidence will no doubt be high. Williams is currently P9 overall, and a few points can help them move over Alfa Romeo in the Constructors’ Standings.
“Next week, we’ve got a different compound of tyres, which will make things interesting. We know the C5s (softest) are obviously very sensitive. It’ll mix things up a bit in the race with the deg.
“We’ve got to be fighting for Q2, again as the minimum, pushing for the back end of the top 10. And then trying to make the most of the race. I think we’re doing a really good job at the moment in it. And it definitely will come.
“But a day like today could have cemented P8 in the Constructors’, as Alfa aren’t looking as strong these days. We could probably have come away with four or six points today, which is pretty massive.”