After pitting early on throughout the security automotive interval attributable to Yuki Tsunoda’s stranded AlphaTauri, Russell tagged on to the again of Alpine’s Fernando Alonso and was in strong competition for a high ten end all through.
Ultimately, the staff’s push to get via the race with only a single cease didn’t fairly work out, because the tyres went off and Russell fell down the order.
Nonetheless, the Briton backed the staff’s technique gamble and was inspired by how the automotive felt after the staff’s struggles to emulate its qualifying kind in races.
“I am actually happy that we rolled the cube and we discovered ourselves in that place,” mentioned Russell.
“I believe in these effective margins, who is aware of what would have occurred had I cleared him [Alonso], however all in all I believe we did a extremely good job.
“The automotive felt at the moment the very best it has ever felt in a race, and doubtless the very best I can bear in mind. That’s what makes it so joyous to drive in comparison with regular, most of which I put all the way down to a relaxed day. We all know the beast we’ve.”
This yr’s Williams is extensively recognized to have a peaky aero characteristic, which suggests it produces total good downforce however can endure when working in windy situations.
George Russell, Williams, with engineers on the grid
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Russell suspects that the calmer climate in Barcelona on Sunday performed a component in serving to to ship robust race tempo.
“It was only a automotive on a constant day,” he mentioned.
“The wind was lower than 10km/h and there have been minimal gusts, which made the automotive constant to drive. And when it’s constant as a driver, you possibly can drive round it.
“I believe that’s one thing Nicholas [Latifi, team-mate] and I’ve actually struggled with, particularly in Portimao [where] that was actually uncovered.
“It was extremely inconsistent and, as a driver, you lose all the arrogance. Then it has a unfavorable impact on the tyres and also you simply get this downward spiral.
“Whereas days like at the moment, the place the automotive is good and constant as a driver, you possibly can actually push it to its restrict and handle the automotive and its tyres as you want and actually optimise all the things.
“Do not get me improper, I am certain lots of people felt their automotive was so much higher. However we take a much bigger soar when these situations are beneficial.”