Both Williams drivers have said they’re happy with how their race panned out despite only managing 14th and 16th at the chequered flag.
George Russell led the Williams team home to take an equal best result of 14th to keep the British team ninth in the constructors’ standings. Russell spent about a third of the race in and out of the points, showing Williams is in the lower midfield for the second time this season. Nicholas Latifi took his best finish of the year too with 16th, ahead of both Haas’, Alonso, and the retired Yuki Tsunoda.
Russell was happy with his performance, though he loathes the decision to try a 1-stop strategy.
“We have to be satisfied with the job we did today. The car in the race today felt good and I felt really confident, however, the result doesn’t quite reflect that, as we started P15 and finished P14,” Russell said
“We were on the one-stop and the guys around us were on the two-stop. I was battling with Fernando (Alonso) trying to pass him and the guys behind me were on the brand-new soft tires which were much faster. As soon as I got passed by one, they all came past.”
“That was the maximum and I am really pleased we opted with that strategy as it gave us half a chance. We were so close to a much better result and hopefully, we have more of these race weekends. To be battling there on merit was a great job.”
Latifi was equally as happy with the race, saying the car was the best it felt all weekend.
“As we expected, it was a challenging race out there. However, even though the pace isn’t where we want it to be, I’m happy that the most important session of the weekend was the one that the car felt best in,” he said.
“I think we’re ending the weekend on a high, but we’ve also got quite a lot of homework to do before Monaco.”
Monaco will be a test of the mechanical grip of the Williams FW43B, with the street track being the first circuit to not need top speed or high-speed downforce.