George Russell certified 11th for the Portuguese Grand Prix – his finest qualifying end result for Williams – two weeks after he began 12th on the grid at Imola.
On each events he was very shut to creating his first Q3 look with Williams, ending up zero.123-seconds adrift of that achievement at Imola and zero.057s quick in qualifying on Saturday at Portimao.
When requested if such shut outcomes made it inevitable that Williams reaching Q3 and scoring factors, a feat the staff has not managed since since, would occur quickly, Robson replied: “There’s nonetheless plenty of work to do, for positive.
“[But] I believe we’re on the right track – the momentum is nice.
“I am glad we backed up the efficiency in Imola [in qualifying]. There’s nonetheless plenty of work to do [in the race].
“I believe the Alpine is attention-grabbing as a result of they appear to have [been] speaking about a number of upgrades they usually appear to have been fairly good – clearly [Fernando] Alonso struggled a bit in qualifying, however [Esteban] Ocon is fast.
“And that is a little bit of a disgrace, as a result of we thought we have been getting fairly near them they usually appear to have taken a little bit of a step.
“So yeah, I would not say it is inevitable. We’re pushing in direction of that prime 10, but it surely’s so depending on how every staff develops their automobile over the approaching weeks now.
“Loads nonetheless do, however [I’m] far more hopeful than I used to be 12 months in the past. Undoubtedly – it is good.”
George Russell, Williams FW43B
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Robson was additionally requested about Russell’s response to his high-profile crash with Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas final day out at Imola, when the pair have been battling over ninth place.
“I believe he was very smart and mature about understanding what had occurred and why, and the implications of that incident,” Robson mentioned of Russell’s public apology and manner following his preliminary fiery response to remonstrate with Bottas and blame him for the crash.
“It’s simply him rising, is not it, and I believe you have to have some experiences like that as a way to know easy methods to take care of them sooner or later.
“So, honest play to him, I believe it was fairly effort from him afterwards to confess that he’d had a little bit of an opportunity to consider it and he would do it in a different way once more.”