George Russell 'gutted' to miss out on Sakhir GP victory
Williams ace George Russell has warned Haas and Alfa Romeo that his team are gunning for their heads when the 2021 season rolls around. The British constructors have finished bottom of the standings for the previous three years.
During the 2020 campaign, Williams failed to score a single point with Russell and Nicholas Latifi in their seats.
It was not down to the drivers’ ability, as Russell proved when he stepped into Lewis Hamilton’s Mercedes at the Sakhir Grand Prix and almost won the race.
Haas finished ninth out of the 10 teams having picked up three points. However, they will be boosted by new boys Mick Schumacher and Nikita Mazepin.
Eighth-placed Alfa Romeo also scored low with eight points and they will keep faith with Kimi Raikkonen and Antonio Giovinazzi.
Sir Frank Williams sold his F1 team to Dorilton Capital in August, bringing an end to his 43-year stint in charge.
With the new investment, Russell firstly believes he can help Williams get off the foot of the standings.
“I am confident that we can beat Haas next year,” the 22-year-old said. “I think we will be on a par with Alfa Romeo, but I like to think we can pass that team too, given the progress we are making.
“We want to score points next year. We will not suddenly be in the midfield fight as the rules remain the same, but we will definitely have to aim to beat Haas and Alfa Romeo.”
Russell’s team-mate Latifi agreed, saying: “I am absolutely optimistic that we can be more competitive next year.
“We want to see progress and at least drive for Haas and Alfa on a more regular basis. And hopefully there will be more opportunities to fight for the points.
“But at the same time I am also realistic. This year’s car will be taken to next year.
“Of course, there will still be some development work to be done – we will certainly not just focus on 2022 – but the car does have its weaknesses and the question is to what extent some parts can be addressed, because they are homologated.
“It could be difficult, but I am optimistic that we can make significant progress after taking a huge step forward this year.”
And on the new investment, Latifi added: “Investments have already taken place in recent months, and that will only continue in the coming months as they have been involved with the team and spent more time in the factory.
“They are just looking at where exactly the resources should go, so that we can further improve our performance as quickly as possible.”
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