Williams ‘offence a good defence’ in Constructors’ fight

Date published: September 30 2021 - Henry Valantine

Williams' George Russell and Alfa Romeo's Antonio Giovinazzi at the 2021 Italian GP.

Dave Robson has said Williams will keep attacking every race weekend as they look to preserve their lead over Alfa Romeo in the Constructors’ Championship.

The team’s head of vehicle performance was speaking about their chances of keeping or extending their 16-point advantage over their rivals in the fight for P8 in the standings, and the signs are positive for Williams at the moment.

George Russell’s performances continue to stand out behind the wheel, and putting his car on the second row in qualifying in Sochi will erase any doubts of him taking it easy before his move to Mercedes next year.

Team principal Jost Capito echoed Robson in saying that the team’s attacking approach has worked this season, and has allowed more freedom to compete in the midfield.

George Russell smiling with Lando Norris. Russia September 2021

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When asked if Williams’ advantage will allow the team to take more risks in the fight against Alfa, Robson said: “I think there is some truth in that.

“Especially when days like Saturday pan out because that was the kind of opportunity where they could have come storming back at us and on this occasion, they haven’t had a great day and we’ve done alright.

“So that definitely unlocks a little bit of freedom. But I think we can take confidence in the decisions we have been taking and we can carry on with that approach and there is a lot of truth in offence being a good form of defence in this kind of situation.

“It’s far better that we’re ahead of them and then controlling things during the race.”

Nicholas Latifi said that his car was “the best it’s ever felt” when he drove in Russia, despite leaving Sochi without a point on Sunday.

Given the overall progress of the Williams team and car over the past couple of seasons, they would be forgiven for being guilty of getting ahead of themselves as they continue to rise back towards the rest of the field.

However, Robson was keen to stress that they need to keep their feet on the ground and go step by step.

“Equally, we’ve got to be a little bit careful that we don’t get lost in our own hubris because at the moment it is all good and we just keep up that momentum and keep taking those decisions,” he said, quoted by GPFans.

“That cushion helps that and hopefully helps it to grow.”