Formula 1 2021: George Russell kept his points run going as he scored again on Sunday. Russell finished P9 in Formula 1 Italian Grand Prix. George’s points wait with Williams, which lasted for over three years in Formula 1 finally saw the light of the day in Hungary.
And he has not stopped since. Russell has managed to score points in 3 out of the last 4 races with one of the slowest cars on the track. Williams team have also been showing immense growth.
They were undeniably the slowest team on the track in 2019. As a result, they finished 10th. However, they did improve in 2020 and came extremely close to scoring points. The drought ended in Hungary after two and a half years as both drivers scored points.
George Russell continued his good form as he went on to stand on the podium for the first time in his Formula 1 career in Belgium after the race was red-flagged with just a lap completed. He then he finished ninth in Monza.
Hungarian GP lifted the pressure off of Russell and Williams
George and the Williams team have waited for a long time to score points. However, the pressure has been lifted since Budapest. Williams currently sits 8th in the Constructors’ Championship with 22 points.
Russell is 15th in the Drivers’ standings with 15 points. He will be aiming for Yuki Tsunoda’s 14th spot, with Lance Stroll in reach too. George started the season with promise as he finished 15th in the season opener at Bahrain.
In Imola however, he ended up colliding with Valtteri Bottas. The car drove into a wet patch and ended the race for both drivers. George blamed Bottas for the collision and accused the Finn of trying to kill both the drivers.
George was unable to start again at Baku after the red flag due to gearbox issues and was classified 17th. The very next race saw a lot of promise as Russell finished 12th in the French Grand Prix.
George’s performances in 2021 so far
Russell got promoted to P10 on the starting grid due to Yuki Tsunoda getting a penalty. He, however, failed to capitalise on the opportunity as he had reliability issues and had to retire after a series of failed pitstops.
The Briton reached Q3 in Austria for the first time with Williams. As a result, he was able to grab the 8th spot on starting grid, Williams’ highest since 2017. Russell was also unable to capitalise here as Alonso in his Alpine overtook him for the 10th spot in the final laps of the race.
The 23-year-old made another Q3 appearance at Silverstone. However, he ended up colliding with Carlos Sainz in the Sprint race and was awarded a penalty. Russell went from 17th to 8th in Hungary to win his first points in Williams.
“Points again!” Russell said. “Yeah three in the last four races, pretty crazy. I think what the team do incredibly well is making the most of other people’s mishaps,” the Brit added. “So, as a team, we’ve definitely done something right and it fills me with a lot of pride to be able to keep on bringing these results home.”