Williams driver George Russell has said his performance in qualifying for the Azerbaijan Grand Prix was “almost maximum” and he was happy he could capitalize on others’ misfortunes.

After an issue in FP3, Russell’s team needed to change parts of the engine, which he believes they did in record time. The Brit will start the Azerbaijan GP from 15th after a multitude of accidents hampered Q1 and Q2.

“Firstly, the mechanics did a fantastic job. I think that must be a record time for a full power unit change and getting everything sorted! Huge thanks to them. We then delivered when it mattered and I’m really happy to get into Q2.” He said.

“That was almost the maximum today; we capitalized on other people’s mistakes so I’m happy with the overall performance. Tomorrow is going to be really interesting. Hopefully, there is a bit of action and we can make the most of it.”

Nicholas Latifi however, felt he drew the short straw in qualifying, with the timing of yellow and red flags hampering his charge to get out of Q1.

“For me, it felt like the tires were at their peak on my first lap, which is when I set my quickest time.” Latifi said.

“Unfortunately, I think we got unlucky when the red and yellow flags came out because we used our three sets of tires that we have for qualifying, but in reality, I only got to do the one representative push lap.”

“Overall, I think we had the pace to be faster and get through to Q2, so I’m a little disappointed, but opportunities always present themselves here, so hopefully we can take advantage of that.”

The Williams boys will start 15th and 16th in the Azerbaijan Grand Prix tomorrow, after an action packed qualifying which tied the record for most red flags.

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