George Russell cannot explain his qualifying performance in the 2021 season with the current Williams car.
The young Briton has already made a name for himself in the paddock thanks to consistency in qualifying, especially recently with Q3 appearances. At the same time, he is still yet to finish a race in the top 10. However, Russell does not understand the reason for such results on Saturdays and believes that the race pace proves Williams’ real pace.
“Ultimately, I don’t think we really deserved to be any higher than where we finished. I don’t know how we keep managing to qualify so high,” he commented.
“You know, we still on paper have the ninth quickest car in every single session except qualifying. FP1, FP2, FP3, and the race, we’re the ninth quickest.
“And then somehow come qualifying we manage to put it inside the top 10 or top 12. So come Sunday, when you have eight faster cars, or whatever it is, starting behind you, it’s so difficult to keep them there.
“I think the cars behind were three, four, or five-tenths quicker than us. And when you’ve got that sort of pace advantage it’s easy.
“And they seem to be better on the tires than us as well. So it was always going to be a race of looking in the mirrors and trying to keep these cars at bay.”
At the same time, Russell believes that he must be happy with his results.
“It’s a little bit disappointing, always after the races. But I guess we’ve got to think, top 12 in all of the last four races except the one we retired, fighting for points in three out of four of those races, I guess we would have definitely taken that before this group of four,” he added.
“I think that [P12] is a fair result. And we probably didn’t really deserve to be any higher than that is. It always seems to be the case, we’re going backwards on a Sunday.
“And I don’t think it’s because we’ve done a bad job on a Sunday. It’s just because we’re somehow doing an excellent job in qualifying. So that’s a little bit tricky.”