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Russell confident Williams can score points this year

George Russell of Great Britain and Williams talks in the Drivers Press Conference during previews ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Bahrain at Bahrain International Circuit on March 25, 2021 in Bahrain, Bahrain. (Photo by Dan Istitene – Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images)

After a pointless 2020 Formula 1 season, George Russell is confident the Grove-based squad is in shape to score championship points this year, but he highlighted that it might not be easy in terms of strategy.

Russell scored his first Formula 1 points last year, but he did so racing with Mercedes as a replacement for Lewis Hamilton at the Sakhir Grand Prix. The Briton did not yet score with his official squad, Williams.

“Yeah, I believe this year’s car definitely has more potential than the last two cars that I’ve driven,” said Russell.

“We came close a number of times last year; I’d like to think we will be able to scrape into the points at some point this season.”

The 23-year-old, however, said that the points-scoring opportunity might not come this weekend because of the forecasted conditions, which, if true, won’t allow Williams to show its real pace.

“I don’t think necessarily it will be this weekend; it will be a very tricky weekend for us with the conditions that are on the forecast, but I do believe at some point this year in more normal conditions we will see the true pace of the car and that will be more positive.”

Russell said that, while Williams will be fighting at the back, they should not take big strategy gambles with a points-awarding position as an objective.

“That… can be a very treacherous approach, and can be very demoralizing for any team, because if you’re going into any single Sunday, you know, putting all your chips on green and hoping for the best, probably 22 out of 23 times it’s not going to pay off,” he concluded.

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