Russell ‘definitely’ would have finished ahead of Alonso

Date published: June 28 2021 - Mark Scott

George Russell

A gutted George Russell felt that P8 ahead of Fernando Alonso was the minimum result for him before having to retire from the Styrian Grand Prix.

While Russell has World Championship points to his name when deputising for Lewis Hamilton in Bahrain last year, he has yet to earn points with Williams during his three-year spell with the team.

He was well on course to break that lengthy run when racing inside the top 10 at the Red Bull Ring, but an issue with the pneumatic pressure ultimately ensured that Russell had to retire from the race.

Back in the paddock, Russell was confident he could have bagged points in his uncompetitive Williams car and even fancied his chances of finishing ahead of Alonso in the Alpine.

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“Absolutely. I think we would have definitely finished ahead of Alonso [who finished P8], Russell told Motor Sport.

“I think he was struggling a bit. I was just managing my tyres, out of that midfield gaggle I was the first one on the mediums.

“And I was just managing, waiting for them to pit to sort of drop the hammer, and then I would have had the fresh tyres at the end.

“So I would have been in a really strong position. I think P8 would have been the minimum really.”

Russell will return to action again at the Red Bull Ring this weekend and will do so full of confidence.

“Next week, we’ve got a different compound of tyres, which will make things interesting,” he said.

“We know the C5s are obviously very sensitive. It’ll mix things up a bit in the race with the deg.

“We’ve got to be fighting for Q2, again as the minimum, pushing for the back end of the top 10. And then trying to make the most of the race.

“I think we’re doing a really good job at the moment in it. And it definitely will come.

“But a day like today could have cemented P8 in the Constructors’, as Alfa aren’t looking as strong these days.

“We could probably have come away with four or six points today, which is pretty massive.”

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