Russell: Williams’ pace was ‘relatively strong’

Date published: September 8 2019

George Russell feels Williams' pace was "relatively strong" at the Italian GP.

George Russell admits that Williams’ pace at the Italian Grand Prix was “relatively strong” after crossing the line P14.

The Brit was able to finish where he started the race as a struggling Williams outfit continue to show steady signs of recovery.

Similarly to the Belgian Grand Prix a week prior, Monza was expected to be another nightmare circuit for the Grove outfit, but minus their poor straight-line speed, Russell was satisfied with the performance he managed to extract from the FW42.

Asked by reporters if his race pace was satisfying, he said: “Yes definitely showed good pace, it’s just a bit of a shame at the start with our straight-line speed we just got murdered on the straight, but as soon as I was in clear air the pace was relatively really strong.

“We only finished about 35 seconds behind P10 which for ourselves at this stage is pretty decent going, especially with what happened at the start. Some positives to take away.”

Russell believes that all Williams could do at a circuit like Monza was to maximise the areas they could control, something which they did successfully.

“We were quite confident that this is one of the worst three circuits for us, so I think it showed we did a good job with everything under our control with the set-up, the tyres,” he explained.

“But it’s still not exactly where we want to be.”

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