Russell will be ready to get his ‘elbows out’

Date published: March 24 2020

George Russell pleased with "small victories"

George Russell has said he will try to stop “fannying around” at the back of the grid once Formula 1 racing resumes again.

The Williams driver spent most of his rookie season racing exclusively with team-mate Robert Kubica well adrift of the rest of  the grid.

He did still manage to make a good first impression, though, despite the equipment at his disposal, but wants to try and at least reattach his Williams cars to the back end of the midfield pack when the season gets underway.

“I will definitely try to be stronger,” Russell said via Autosport.

“It’s an area of my driving where I definitely didn’t do a good enough job last year.

“But it was a strange situation we found ourselves in. The cars ahead would just clear off and I’d just be racing with Robert.

“It was my first year and I didn’t want to take any unnecessary risks in that regard.

“But definitely, this year, I need to be getting my elbows out a bit more, because I can’t be fannying around at the back.”

As for specific targets, Russell isn’t getting too carried away with what he will be eventually aiming for in his second season with the team.

“I guess a great outcome would be outqualifying and beating another car, considering where we were last year,” he added.

“But that’s not exactly the goal. We’re not going out there to try and achieve that, we’re going to try and get the most out of our car. Whether that’s P19 or whether it’s a Q3 performance.”

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