George Russell believes that Williams should perform at their best in Monaco to improve the results.
Williams Racing has improved a lot in the 2021 season and George Russell is a significant part of it thanks to his consistency in qualifyings and great runs in races. Ahead of the Monaco GP, the 2018 Formula 2 champion spoke about the team’s form as well as described its goals for the upcoming weekend, admitting that they would need to find something special.
“I think our Saturday performances have been very strong and obviously here more so than ever, qualifying is the most important. How our car will perform around these streets, I couldn’t possibly tell you; we did struggle more in Bahrain than we have done in two of the other three circuits, which are slightly slower speed corners, more 180 degrees, which is what you have a lot of here around Monaco,” Russell said.
“I think on paper so far we are probably the eighth or ninth quickest team on qualifying pace, and the ninth quickest team on race pace, but hopefully we can find a little bit of magic, as we have done in some races previously on that Saturday afternoon, just to eke a couple more tenths out of it. And on a track like this, that can be the difference between P15 and P9,” he added.
The Williams driver also reflected on his first experience in the principalty back in 2019, the last race to date there so far.
“I love it here. It was probably my first race in 2019 where I really felt up to speed and up to grips with the car and the race was so exciting… when you’re in the groove and you’re fully in the zone, that’s when the walls almost seem to disappear and you almost forget they’re there,” said Russell.
“Only this morning, I was just looking over a lot of the things we were doing back in 2019 from me personally as a driver and between me and my group of engineers, and we have come along so far and it’s almost quite funny to look back.”
“Obviously it was only my [sixth] race in Formula 1 then and we as a group have improved so much and obviously we had a very difficult car back in 2019, so really excited to get out there, and it would be amazing if we could get go out there and have a stellar performance.”