George Russell was closer than ever to a maiden Q3 entry with Williams. The Briton is however confident and will aim for points tomorrow.
After showing great confidence on Friday already, the Styrian Grand Prix qualifying session will probably remain as one of the best in Russell’s career with Williams. The 23-year-old was just eight thousandths away from Q3. Although the Briton still cannot be totally content with his achievement as he still did not reach his goal of entering Q3 with Williams, Russell still thinks there is a whole lot to play for on Sunday.
“Yesterday was probably the best Friday we’ve ever had,” Russell said.
“Obviously, we want to get into Q3, that would be a great achievement. But so close, so satisfying when we get the maximum from it and we do this a lot. And even more so, we’re putting a lot more emphasis on the Sunday pace and just trying to really maximise the car for the race pace.”
“So let’s see how it turns out tomorrow. I think we are there on merit. We’ve got a lot of quick guys behind Ricciardo, Sainz, Vettel but I’m looking forward and we want to score some points.”
“But we’ve only had a couple of races like this. We need to give it a bit more of a chance to see if this is real, throughout. But having that confidence in the car is a big thing and today’s a very calm day, not a single gust of wind or anything, I’m sure that that does also help us a lot.”