Relentless Russell earns another point for Williams
After a sensational race in Sochi this Sunday, Brit, George Russell, manages to gain another point for Williams.
It is no surprise that George Russell has managed to gain another point for Williams after his remarkable qualifying on Saturday. He already has the spectacular skills needed to race in a Mercedes for 2022!
On Friday, Practise 1 and 2 didn't see George finding any pace in his Williams. He seemed to be struggling on the Track, perhaps due to sharp corners. If you are unable to go into the corner with enough speed, you'll be unable to get DRS when existing the corner, across the finish line.
The following day we discovered that Practice session 3 would not go ahead due to the horrendous rain. We had see the images of the Sochi track flooded a few days before race weekend, so this was not a shock to most people. However, there was a warning that qualifying could take place before the race on Sunday, but luckily the weather cleared up and it was time for speed.
Williams celebrating after P3 finish in Qualifying
As Q1 commenced, it was a flying start for many of the drivers. Previously, we were seeing George struggling to find pace, however he managed to finish P11. A sensational start for him. Hamilton held onto P1 as qualifying proceeded, with Russell souring into 9th position. This was already a fantastic place for the Williams driver to be in. Yet, we saw him continue to fight for a higher position on the grid in Q3. Keeping a great pace, we saw him fly to P3, with fellow Brit, Lando Norris, finishing P1. A phenomenal result for the young driver.
It was time for the Russian GP to begin. Russell lined up in third position ready for action. Then, they were off! It was an incredible start as he managed to defend third position from seven-time world champion, Lewis Hamilton. George pitted early in the race, perhaps a mistake? However, he continued to push on having dropped to P13. Luckily for him, the speed he had been able to achieve came from the straights and added DRS. This gave him an advantage, especially during qualifying. Once the rain had kicked in during the final few laps, this gave him an advantage to challenge other drivers to a points finish. To his delight, Russell achieved P10 in Sochi. A perfect result for a team that use to only dream of points.
Disappointed Lando after losing winning position
It was a sensational race. Disappointment for Lando, as he kept his P1 right up until the last few laps where he slid off track. This led to his P7 finish, but we know he will definitely win a race in the near future! Nonetheless, George Russell persevered throughout the race and received a point. In an interview after the race he stated that he struggled on used intermediate tyres and that he could have achieved a higher result. He went on to say that "we have to be realistic" as he drives a Williams - not the fastest car on the track - yet he did achieve a fantastic result for a car that use to be at the back of the grid. The 23 year-old is already proving to be a fantastic driver and also a great competitor for the 2022 driver championship. Hopefully we get to see some more amazing driving from him this season.