George Russell Believes Zero Points Would Not Constitute As a Season Failure
The Williams driver says if the team fails to score a point by the end of the season, the result would not be seen as a failure.
For the first time, the Williams team has slipped behind Haas after the Azerbaijan Grand Prix. They are currently in 10th place in the constructor’s standing, with George Russell in P18 and Nicholas Latifi in P20 in the driver’s standings.
Earlier this year, Russell was in a position to score points during the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix when he lost his 10th place position in a crash with 9th place Valterri Bottas. He also scored his first points last year, during the Sakhir Grand Prix when he finished in 9th place after a brief moment in the lead.
In an interview with Autosport, Russell spoke of why it would not be bad if the William team’s seasons ends with zero points. “If we end this season pointless - I would not have seen this season as a failure,” He told them, “If we end the season with some points, I think it would have been a great success.
The 23-year-old also spoke that winning a point is almost similar to McLaren winning. “If McLaren go this whole season without winning a race, we're not gonna see that as a failure. If they do have a victory, that would have been a massive success. And that's a really good way to look at it.”
Along with his views about scoring points in this year’s championship, there have been plenty of rumors about where George Russell will land for the 2022 season. Many, including journalist Joe Saward, believe that Mercedes will make their announcement at Silverstone, with the pairing being Hamilton-Russell rather than the Hamilton-Bottas lineup we have become accustomed to.
In his personal blog, Saward states, “For now it looks like Lewis Hamilton will return, probably for another one-year contract in 2022 and it is a matter of public speculation as to who will take the other Mercedes. I have a feeling there could be some wild celebrations during the British GP weekend.”
With the backing of two-time World Champion Fernando Alonso, Russell would most likely excel at Mercedes as he continues to impress with his performances in Qualifying. Both Hamilton and Bottas’ contracts end at the end of the year, so only time will tell if George Russell will have secured the Mercedes seat, or remain at Williams.