Russell rewarded for qualifying heroics with unusual first podium
George Russell admits he didn’t need to earn his first podium with out finishing a racing lap however feels his Belgian Grand Prix qualifying efficiency was rewarded with second place.
Makes an attempt to carry a race in treacherous circumstances at Spa-Francorchamps noticed the time window prolonged however in the end failed, with simply two laps happening behind the protection automotive over three hours after the unique begin time. That was sufficient to technically name a race consequence which means Russell — who sensationally certified second on Saturday — was categorised in the identical place for his first podium in a Williams.
“Clearly not the way in which I’d have appreciated to have scored my first podium,” Russell stated. “Slightly little bit of an odd feeling reaching it on this approach however on the finish of the day we’ve been rewarded for such a implausible job yesterday.
“It’s such a disgrace for everyone at house watching and all of the followers right here. Even I used to be, in second behind Max (Verstappen), something over 200kph, I couldn’t see a single factor. I’ll as effectively have been closing my eyes down the straight and was having to elevate off the throttle. So, it wasn’t protected in any respect to race. I feel the FIA made the proper determination.”
Regardless of acknowledging the unusual circumstances, Russell says the result’s simply reward for Williams after such a tough spell for the staff, with Nicholas Latifi’s ninth place additionally marking the second race in succession it has scored with each vehicles.
“We don’t typically get rewarded for excellent qualifyings however we completely did at present!” he famous. “It truly counted, so a bit of celebration tonight, I’m certain. My complete staff deserves it as there was a lot laborious work going into it over the previous couple of years and there has not likely been something to point out for it or show for it. We completely nailed it yesterday and right here we’re standing on the rostrum. I can let you know I didn’t count on that this yr, that’s for certain.
“It’s been a really lengthy day — however for the entire staff it’s a large consequence. For us to be standing on this podium, didn’t actually matter how we achieved it, standing on this podium, is a large consequence for us to… remembering we completed final within the constructors’ championship three years in a row and right here we’re this weekend, qualifying on the entrance row and standing on the rostrum. I’m actually proud to have achieved this with the staff.”