“There’s definitely an element of frustration”- George Russell on lacking resources to compete against his contemporaries in Formula 1.
Williams is no doubt the slowest car this season, with the team not able to rise above their poor blank on the scorecard even after the completion of 14 races.
Though Mercedes having faith in their academy driver George Russell has been sent to compete for the English team, with the belief of polishing his skills as he is touted to lead Mercedes in future.
But while Russell competes for Williams, he is hardly able to achieve things equivalent to his talent due to lack of resources, meanwhile, his contemporaries like Charles Leclerc and Max Verstappen have already been established as F1 stars and that sparks an element of frustration in the 22-year-old driver.
“Obviously as a driver, you want to prove what you can do an on even and fairground,” said Russell in response to a question from RaceFans.
“In any sport – if you are racing in the Tour de France and one guy has got a superior bike or a bike that has got an electric motor or something like that, you might be the best cyclist in the world but you won’t be able to compete with them.
“There’s definitely an element of frustration but ultimately I think that is part of what Formula 1 is. There have always been fast cars, there have always been slower cars.”
No ‘Great Expectations’ from 2021
With Williams having new owners at the helm, there is a hope of progress with the new investment, but the deficit against others will still remain. however, Russell’s next year is apparently an audition for him to grab Mercedes seat for 2022.
“Unfortunately I think 2021 will be more of the same,” said Russell. “I hope, and I think everybody hopes, come 2022 with the new financial regulations, the new technical regulations, it’ll bring the whole field closer together. ”
“Hopefully, it puts the driver literally in the driving seat to be able to make or break the weekend and I think everybody’s looking forward to that.”
“We’ve not lost sight of 2020 yet and we haven’t lost sight of 2021 either,” he said. “We’re continuing to bring test items to the car to try to improve it this year and into next year.
“I think now with the new owners it’s really exciting with more finance behind us to be able to focus into the future for 2022 and beyond but also keep a good eye on 2021 to continue to progress the car.”
“That’s exciting for us and hopefully we can make make a step to cement our place ahead of Haas and Alfa Romeo and try and catch onto the back of the midfield.”