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Nicholas Latifi may be taking part in his first season in F1 but George Russell isn’t fooled by his rookie status.
Only the first week of pre-season testing is complete, but George Russell thinks there is “no way” Williams are as far off their rivals as in 2019.
Last year Williams only left the pits after lunch on Day 3, this year the team was the very first out on track as pre-season testing began in Spain.
What a difference a year makes. George Russell felt a lot more confident driving the Williams car on Wednesday compared to this time 12 months ago.
Williams’ newly-unveiled FW43 is an evolution of last year’s car with the team throwing resources where it believes it can gain the “most performance”.
F1 drivers are not the superheroes fans may think they are, rather, says George Russell, they are just “normal blokes” going about their business.
George Russell may be a Williams man for the next two years but he says he would definitely “consider it” if Mercedes made an approach.
George Russell says Williams’ rate of development gives him hope of being in the midfield battle this year, if nobody else improves.
David Coulthard feels George Russell’s “strong talent” and Mercedes ties ensure that the future is bright for the 21-year-old.
Mercedes junior George Russell has given an insight into what it is like working for the Silver Arrows as he continues on his Formula 1 journey.
Claire Williams says that she and her team have been “blown away” by George Russell in his first season on the grid.
The 2019 season presented us with three rookie drivers, and one almost rookie, and it’s safe to say the standard they brought was high.
Nicholas Latifi says he is eager to pit himself against George Russell, who whitewashed Robert Kubica in this year’s qualifying.
George Russell and Charles Leclerc enjoyed the same junior success, and Russell believes they are still on the “exact same course”.
2019 proved to be a dismal campaign for Williams, but George Russell expects to be “in the fight” with the midfield next season.
George Russell, already in the frame for a Mercedes race seat in the years to come, could be a “truly exceptional F1 driver” according to Dave Robson.
Although George Russell trounced Robert Kubica in both qualifying and grands prix, the Brit concedes it was his Williams team-mate who made the better starts in 2019.
George Russell will test the W10 in Abu Dhabi next week but Toto Wolff says it is “not benchmarking” him for a future Mercedes race seat as he already knows the Brit’s ability.
George Russell says he and his team have to be pleased with “small victories” given the situation they’re in.
George Russell says he will miss his “incredibly funny” and “knowledgeable” team-mate Robert Kubica.
The only driver yet to score a point this season, George Russell missed out on 10th place at the Brazilian Grand Prix by a mere 1.7s.
Robert Kubica says his United States was “worse than bad”, so much so that he doesn’t feel as if he missed out on anything by his early retirement.
Although the 2021 cars will be slower than this year’s, Max Verstappen says he can live with that as long as the new designs mean better racing.
George Russell has lamented a “pretty frustrating” race day in Mexico as he found himself “stuck behind” team-mate Robert Kubica for a long time.
Alexander Albon has admitted that he “teases” fellow rookie George Russell over the latter’s lack of points, but is not worried for him about his F1 future.
George Russell may be spending his first season in F1 lapping at the back of the field but the Williams rookie reckons there is an upside to racing “under the radar”.
George Russell has spoken of his annoyance at being forced to retire for the second race in a row.
George Russell was frustrated with Williams for sending him out in traffic again during Q1 in Russia, but admits it wasn’t as costly this time.
George Russell is adamant he has no “hard feelings” towards Romain Grosjean despite the Frenchman playing a pivotal role in his very first DNF in Formula 1.
With his 2020 team-mate yet to be decided, George Russell says he wants the fastest driver that Williams can find as he looks to take on the best in F1.