George Russell says Williams‘ rate of development gives him hope of being in the midfield battle this year, if nobody else improves.
The Grove outfit propped up F1’s Constructors’ Championship for the second year in a row in 2019, though it’s safe to say last year was a new low for the team.
After turning up late to pre-season testing Williams never recovered and spent the season trailing behind the rest of the grid – but his improvement may lead some F1 fans to believe he is worth a short for those who will use the moplay bonus code to back him in certain races.
But the team have undergone changes to both their personnel and philosophies, so Russell thinks that with their current rate of development they will be competitive in 2020, if their rivals don’t find major gains.
“The team took a big reset with an aero philosophy and we had to take that hit in performance to rebuild those foundations, so starting the season we were not surprised [with] the position we were in,” he is quoted by Autosport.com.
“We did hope to improve at a greater rate than we did, but those foundations took longer to put in place than we all anticipated.
“[But] now, the rate of improvement we are on is really strong.
“We can really see that in the windtunnel tracker of the downforce we had at the start of the year, to what we have in the car now, to what we believe we will be starting next year.
“The only thing we don’t know is how much everybody else will improve.
“I can tell you now that if everybody else doesn’t improve at all, we’ll be well and truly in that fight.”
If those improvements hadn’t have taken as long to come as they did, then Russell thinks Williams would have been in the conversation for points before the 2019 season was over.
“Everybody has improved but we believe we should be improving at a much greater rate into next year than we improved over this year,” he said.
“That’s a big reason to be positive.
“If we [had] started  with this car, we would have been fighting well and truly at the start of the year because we’ve put a decent amount of lap time on the car.
“But everyone else [improved as well, so] on the eye it does not look like we made that much progress, whereas we’ve [actually] made the same amount as everyone else has done.
“I want to see progress in myself, and I want to see progress in the car.
“I do believe that [in 2020] we will be stronger. Going to 2021, which will have all of those foundations built again, and it should definitely be well and truly on its way.”