After the extraordinary second place of George Russell obtained in qualifying in Belgium (with the same result then conquered in the “race” of Spa-Francorchamps) the Williams she certainly cannot define herself equally satisfied at the end of the weekend of Dutch Grand Prix: after a qualifying session characterized by both riders off the track, they closed on Sunday Zandvoort with a 16th and 17th place, respectively for Nicholas Latifi and indeed Russell.
The Englishman, also betrayed by a failure in the last laps that forced him to retire – even though he finished in front of Mick Schumacher’s Haas – commented on a complex weekend for him and for the Grove team: “Our race was respectable – he analyzed the one who would seem ever closer to occupying the cockpit of the Mercedes for 2022 – the first phase was good, with a duel with Giovinazzi and McLarens in front. When I got back to the pits for the first stop I pushed hard at the entrance to the pit lane, which is quite deceptive, and unfortunately I exaggerated the speed a bit. In any case, the five second penalty did not compromise my race. We could have aimed for 12th or 13th place if we hadn’t had to retire the car a few laps from the checkered flag due to a gearbox problem. Anyway – concluded Russell – I’m already looking forward to the next weekend in Italy. Monza is a completely different circuit from this one, where we will be racing with downforce almost to a minimum, as opposed to the one set here. Among the various aspects there will also be the Sprint Race that will offer more opportunities“.
Different speech regarding Latifi, who regularly finished his race right in front of his partner: “As we expected – commented the Canadian – Zandvoort was a complex circuit to race on, and indeed there weren’t many overtaking opportunities. It is never easy to start from the pit lane, so much so that Perez and I had to complete two laps before reaching the group. The first part of the race was good; I passed both Haas and was satisfied with my pace. We aimed for a long stint on hard tires, and then it was not easy to manage them in the best possible way towards the end of the race, when I was losing my temperature because of the blue flags. There was a lot of struggle today ”.
FP | Alessandro Prada
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