Latifi progressed to Q2 for the second time is his profession on the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix after exhibiting promising tempo in follow, with Russell admitting his team-mate had the higher hand over the weekend.
“Nicholas had the higher hand on me each single lap this entire weekend, I used to be simply confused as to why,” Russell admitted after qualifying.
Russell fought again in Q2 to qualify 12th, two spots forward of Latifi, however Williams could not capitalise on a comparatively aggressive weekend as each drivers crashed out of the race.
The group took solace from its stable exhibiting “on benefit” in Italy, and Latifi’s enhancements particularly.
Based on head of auto improvement, Dave Robson, the Canadian’s enhancements stemmed from a mixture of automobile upgrades and a scarcity of wind.
The Williams FW43B is notoriously wind delicate, which the group hopes will make it aggressive on some weekends whereas sacrificing others, and that radical design selection appeared as if it was going to repay in Imola.
“I believe we had a couple of new components right here – the ground was the plain one – I believe that is improved the automobile a bit,” Robson defined.
“We had the tyres working properly right here and I believe the calmer situations when it comes to the wind helped the automobile carry out higher, which meant the tyres had been working higher.
“All the pieces was only a bit calmer and simpler right here, and that is actually the place the lap time got here from.”
Nicholas Latifi, Williams within the Press Convention
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When requested if the dearth of wind meant Latifi may discover extra confidence within the automobile, Robson replied “that definitely helped”.
“I believe he was fast right here out of the field in October as properly once we got here, so I believe for no matter purpose, he is comfy right here in Imola,” he added.
“However for certain, having that confidence within the automobile undoubtedly helps. Nicky wants that type of momentum by the weekend, and he had it right here.
“And even when he had somewhat blip in FP3, we received him again out and he was straight again on it. It actually did not perturb him in any respect, both when it comes to his religion within the automobile or what was happening in his thoughts.
“He simply had great psychological energy and an incredible strategy all weekend.”
Latifi crashed out on a moist opening lap when he rejoined the observe after an earlier spin after which lower throughout Nikita Mazepin, admitting he hadn’t even seen the Haas driver within the treacherous situations.
“I believe only a small misjudgement on his half prompted him to spin, after which he thought he was rejoining a transparent observe and the entire of the pack had gone previous,” added Robson.
“A little bit of contact with the Haas, and that was him within the wall sadly. It was an actual disgrace. I believe it is a kind of issues in these situations.”