Russell can push harder due to Williams’ big lead over Alfa

The fact that the Williams Formula 1 team has a reasonably comfortable lead over Alfa Romeo in the Constructors’ Championship ensures that George Russell can push the limit even more than before.

After Williams failed to take a single point in 2020 and failed to score in the first half of 2021, the formation from Grove is on track from the Hungarian Grand Prix. In Hungary and Belgium, the team scored twenty points together with Nicholas Latifi and George Russell , before the Briton finished in the points again in Italy and Russia. It gives Williams, which is eighth among the constructors, a relatively safe margin of sixteen points over closest competitor Alfa Romeo .

Because Williams remained without points for more than a year and a half, the team and Russell dared to take risks to finally collect some points. In addition, with the team having a nice margin over number nine in the Alfa Romeo standings, Russell has the confidence to try different things with his car, especially in the opening laps of the races. “I think the pressure has been a bit off my shoulders for a while when it comes to the first lap. And I have more confidence to really go for it and attack,” Russell said after the US Grand Prix, in which he climbed from P20 to P14 at the start.

“We have a small buffer in the championship and that allows me to really push the limit. Frankly, I really enjoy that,” continues the driver who will move to Mercedes in 2022 . “Normally I’m not a driver who makes a lot of mistakes, but I really want to push myself to the limit. As a result, we saw a trip in VT3 and it also went wrong in qualifying in Zandvoort. I’m just trying to push the limit to see if there’s anything more in it for the final races. But I think I’ve confirmed my general idea that you don’t have to give 110 percent to get the most out of the car. Sometimes that just makes you go slower.”

Williams misses downforce for better result in US

The United States Grand Prix was not a success for Russell and Williams despite its excellent start. After the start, the Brit fell back a bit, but due to a few failures, he eventually finished fourteenth. “We lacked some speed this weekend. I thought it was a very strange track, there wasn’t a lot of sticky grip from the tarmac. I think all the drivers slipped a lot, while we didn’t optimize and get the most out of it,” said Russell, who thinks downforce was the magic word at the Circuit of the Americas. “This was one of those races where the rich got richer and the poor got poorer. I think we know where we are in terms of downforce and that’s not at the top.”

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