Russell’s gorgeous wet-weather qualifying lap on Saturday that secured him second on the grid paved the way in which for the British driver to select up his maiden F1 podium within the two-lap Belgian Grand Prix.
Williams was one of many largest winners from the choice to award half factors at Spa as Russell and team-mate Nicholas Latifi collected a mixed 10 factors. Latifi was categorized ninth.
All of it however ended Alfa Romeo’s hopes within the battle for P8 within the constructors’ championship, with Williams now sitting 17 factors clear within the standings. Alfa Romeo has failed to complete a race any increased than tenth this yr.
Russell felt assured that Williams’ haul at Spa could be sufficient to offer it eighth within the championship on the finish of the yr, and that the respiratory room may enable it to attempt extra experiments with its automotive to be taught for the longer term with much less stress in that battle.
“I consider the quantity of factors we scored in Hungary had been most likely sufficient to have secured that eighth within the constructors’,” stated Russell.
George Russell, Williams FW43B
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“However I consider it most likely takes much more stress off now, to exit, actually put all the things on the road, perhaps attempt some extra excessive issues, see if we will be taught something extra.
“As a result of there’s no cause why we will’t rating extra factors.
“And, wanting ahead already to Zandvoort, [it’s an] wonderful circuit. It’s most likely going to be troublesome to race however I believe the entire ambiance there may be going to be nice.”
Russell and Latifi scored Williams’ first factors in over two years on the Hungarian Grand Prix in the beginning of August, capitalising on moist climate and a race of attrition to get into the factors.
The crew has repeatedly flirted with the highest 10 in common dry situations this yr, finest seen in Austria when Russell fought for the ultimate points-paying place till the closing levels earlier than being handed by Fernando Alonso.
Eighth would mark Williams’ finest end within the F1 constructors’ championship since 2017, when it completed fifth, having sat on the foot of the standings in every of the final three seasons.