Russell made his life more durable in Sunday race with a mistake on the final nook of his last run in Q2, an error that left him solely thirteenth on the grid when he had the tempo to make the highest 10.
He then misplaced two locations within the early laps of the damp race and ran in fifteenth for the remainder of the afternoon, unable to make any progress.
Russell admitted he discovered it onerous to get on high of tyre administration on a monitor that stayed moist all through the race.
“It’s extremely troublesome when it’s important to handle the tyres a lot,” he mentioned when requested by Autosport. “Extremely tough to understand how onerous to push, particularly when it is sporting right down to a slick and it is simply not drying.
“The monitor wasn’t drying, and even when it wasn’t raining it could in all probability have been moist for hours to come back. That was an enormous problem, so I do not assume we did an ideal job, we did not do a nasty job. It was not straightforward.”
George Russell, Williams FW43B
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Russell discovered life tough on each worn and recent intermediates.
“If you happen to push an excessive amount of the damage of the tyre will increase, after which whenever you get to wetter elements of the monitor, you simply haven’t any grip.
“We got here again out, after we put the brand new tyres on, and so they did not actually appear to change on both, as a result of the tread’s a lot extra after which the dry elements of the monitor, they weren’t appropriate both.
“So it was an actual threading the needle. As I mentioned, it has been twice now we have been in these situations, and we have struggled each occasions.
“We usually excel when it is both wetter situations or slicks in damp situations. So this intermediate part we have to have a little bit of a take into consideration.”
Russell admitted that the positions misplaced on account of his qualifying mistake didn’t assist, however he admitted that even had he began greater up he might have lacked the pace required to hold onto a superb end result.
“It doubtlessly may have been totally different, however usually the general tempo wasn’t actually there. We struggled final yr in these situations. It is not moist, it is not dry, you are kind of in no man’s land.
“And whenever you’re having to handle the tyres… Flip 8 is the troublesome one as a result of it was comparatively dry, how onerous do you push? I used to be making an attempt to range a load of various issues, and to be trustworthy, nothing actually appeared to work. So a troublesome afternoon.”