Russell: Williams need to try more different things

Date published: August 10 2019

George Russell believes that while there have been improvements, Williams need to try more in terms of tyre strategies in the second half of the season.

George Russell believes that while there have been improvements, Williams need to try more in terms of tyre strategies going forward.

The Brit almost made it to Q2 in Hungary, qualifying P16, but struggled for pace on Sunday, not finishing lower than his starting position only due to a DNF from Romain Grosjean.

“I’d like to think we can carry this through to future races,” Russell said to Motorsport.com.

“I’m not convinced but I think we just need to be more dynamic to the situation and have less preconceived thoughts of how we need to approach something – and try more across the weekend.

 “We haven’t really tried enough different things, purely on the tyres, than we should have and that’s something I regret slightly.”

Tyres have played a huge role throughout this season, and Russell believes his team’s fortunes in Hungary reiterated their importance.

“We need to keep going like that but we definitely need to make a step in the race. In qualifying it was a mixture of things [that helped]. More downforce, and a lot more mechanical grip from the tyres. We really nailed the tyres. In the race, you can tell there is more downforce but still not enough.”

“Formula 1 in the current state with these tyres is a very complex thing and when you only get two opportunities at it in Q1, when the track evolution is changing so much and the weather’s changing, you’ve got to adapt so much to a situation.

“It’s a bit of a shame in some aspects because it’s such an overhaul and a factor for everyone on the grid. There’s way too much work and resource put into these tyres, but from my side, we just focus on my side of the garage and get the most out of my car.”

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