George Russell is pleased with how he and Williams Racing have worked at last weekend’s Bahrain Grand Prix.

George Russell started his third Formula 1 season together with Williams Racing. Though the young British driver finished outside the points top 10, 14th, he rated his and the team’s performance in Bahrain high.

“I think it was a pretty well-executed race to be honest. I think we toughed it out one lap too many in the middle stint – that’s when I had that little battle with Kimi [Raikkonen] – you know what it’s like when he’s on fresher tyres and we lost three or four seconds or so due to that, which was a bit unfortunate, but it wouldn’t have changed our outcome,” George Russell said.

He also added that in Bahrain it could have been the best result they could have had: “And I think given the pace of the car, given the conditions, I think it was a very well-executed weekend and that was probably the maximum we could have expected. As I said, it’s going to be a bit of a yo-yo season, and I do think this is probably the worst-case scenario so fingers cross it gets better from here.”

Russell was optimistic about Williams’ chances at Imola in 2.5 weeks: “Imola’s the next race and it’s very different to Bahrain so you’re going from two ends of the spectrum. Bahrain’s got a lot of slow-speed corners, very exposed, generally very windy. Imola is a lot of high-speed corners, the angle of those corners are less – more 90-degree corners as opposed to 180-degree corners as we see here – and it’s very enclosed with all the trees and the buildings around.”

“So we’re going between two extremes really. I’m not necessarily saying Imola is at the top end but it’s in the top half, let’s say,” he said in the end.

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