Williams‘ George Russell said he “put it all on the line” in qualifying in the hope of hooking up a strong lap around the streets of Monte Carlo.
The team have been running at the back of the field throughout 2019, and Monaco isn’t a track that favours the tricky and unpredictable FW42.
However, though Russell will join his team-mate Robert Kubica on the back row again, the Brit managed to get within 0.7s of Racing Point’s Lance Stroll, and he had to push to extract everything from the car even though it’s still off the pace.
“I think it was fun. Our car is pretty on the edge around a lot of the circuits so to a complete a lap like that – I was glad when I crossed the line put it that way,” he told the Official F1 website.
“We all know we aren’t the most consistent car at the moment, and I don’t have a huge amount of confidence in it so I put it all on the line there and it paid off.”
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Asked if Sunday’s race could result in just lap after lap of holding on, Russell said: “Yes, potentially. We knew this weekend was going to be very difficult for us. Monaco is a very unique place.
“We’re not going to take much away from this, we focus on the normal circuits and on the end of the year where hopefully we can do something more.”