Williams driver, George Russell, has said the main motivation at the team is to try get back into the “B Class” category of Formula 1.
Williams has finished bottom of the Constructors’ Championship for two consecutive years and are the only team yet to score a point in the revised 2020 schedule.
But things are at least looking a little less bleaker compared to the 2018 and 2019 campaigns. Q2 appearances are no longer a pipe dream and the FW43 does have some company on race day in the form of Haas and Alfa Romeo.
Russell thinks this aforementioned trio form the “C Class” of Formula 1 and the task for the Grove-based outfit is to move up a grade.
“I think it adds motivation for all of us,” said Russell, as quoted by MotorsportWeek.com.
“We don’t want to be here fighting for the latter positions, but the fact that we are on par with the Haas and the Alfas; they probably still just have the legs on us but they are really within striking distance.
“It adds that extra motivation for me as a driver, the team, to really get everything out of it and it’s going to keep allowing everybody to push further to try and get us back into the B Class category.
“At the moment we’re in the C Class along with Haas and Alfa, we still need to keep pushing to get into the B Class, but obviously the Mercedes and Red Bull are just in a league of their own at the moment.”
Positive race today, even if the result doesn’t show it. We were in the mix with the teams around us throughout, along with some good battles. Even if it’s not for points, it’s nice to be racing again 💪 pic.twitter.com/75EiASc54S
— George Russell (@GeorgeRussell63) August 16, 2020
At face value, it appears Russell finished a rather forgettable P17 at the Spanish Grand Prix, but it is a result that the British driver has taken a lot of encouragement from.
He added: “I think it’s probably been one of the most satisfying races I have completed even though the end result just seems normal.
“We could have had a better end result in terms of time doing a different strategy, but I was glad we sort of rolled the dice.
“I managed to overtake Romain on track twice, had a really good battle with Kimi [Raikkonen], which you know is something that I’ve not really had, wheel-to-wheel racing , and made a pretty decent start again, which has not been one of my strong points.
“So on paper it looks like a pretty standard race for us but considering our outright pace this weekend was much worse than the last four races I think there were a lot positives to take from that from my personal side and the experienced gained.”