George Russell had now become a regular guest of Q3, but last Saturday in Turkey he made a mistake on the occasion of his last attempt that jeopardized the possibility, widely within his reach, of accessing the final round of qualifying and had to be satisfied of the thirteenth time.
On Sunday, during the first laps, the Williams driver was then relegated to fifteenth position and was unable to recover until the end of the race.
The Englishman, who will race with Mercedes next year, admitted that he had difficulty managing tires on a track that remained permanently wet for all 58 laps.
“It’s incredibly difficult when you have to manage the tires for so long. In those conditions it is especially difficult to know how much you can push “.
“The track wasn’t drying out and even if it wasn’t raining it probably would have stayed wet for hours. The race was a great challenge and we weren’t able to do a great job. It wasn’t easy.”
George Russell, Williams FW43B
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Russell then admitted that he was in crisis with both the worn-out intermediates and the new green Pirellis.
“If you push too hard the tire wear increases and when you get to the wettest parts of the track you no longer have grip. When we put on the new tires they never seemed to warm up due to the thicker tread. In addition, the intermediates were not suitable. for the driest parts of the track “.
“A similar situation had already happened in the past and even in that case we suffered. We usually manage to get excited when there is more water on the track or when we mount slicks on a wet track, while in these intermediate conditions we are unable to express ourselves at our best and it is something we need to think about ”.
Finally, the Williams driver admitted that even without the mistake in qualifying he would not have been able to fight for the top positions in the standings.
“In general we never had the rhythm. Even last year in these conditions we struggled. It’s not wet, it’s not dry, you are in no man’s land and you also have to manage the tires “:
“Going into Turn 8 was difficult because it was relatively dry but I didn’t know how much I could push. I was trying to try a lot of different things, but nothing really worked. It was a complicated afternoon ”.