Although he finished in 17th place George Russell is pleased with the race “I think it’s probably been one of the most satisfying races I have completed, even though the end result just seems normal,” Russell said, as quoted by formula1 “We could have had a better end result in terms of time doing a different strategy, but I was glad we sort of rolled the dice, managed to overtake Romain [Grosjean] on track twice, had a really good battle with Kimi [Raikkonen] – which you know is something that I’ve not really had, wheel-to-wheel racing – and made a pretty decent start again, which has not been one of my strong points.
“So on paper, it looks like a pretty standard race for us but considering our outright pace this weekend was much worse than the last four races, I think there were a lot of positives to take from that from my personal side and the experienced gained."
George enjoyed it
Aware that his car is not as fast as others but he is still satisfied “At one point I was stuck behind [Esteban] Ocon with more pace advantage to him. He was very fortunate that when I was closest to him he had the DRS off [Antonio] Giovinazzi who was just pitting.
"Had that not have happened, I think I could have overtaken Ocon. He definitely would have re-overtaken me again, but for me to have been right up behind a Renault – which is a lot of the time right in there in Q3 – I was really pleased with.
“When you are in a car that isn’t as fast as the others it is very tricky to race against them but I really enjoyed it”. “We’ve been very slow on the straights all weekend, especially compared to the Alfas who normally were about 10kph up on us with non-DRS, and then with the DRS effect and the slipstream effect, he came from nowhere.
Certainly, this race will help him see the shortcomings and work on them. George has shown great self-confidence which will be his main link in future victories. "He’s launched it down the outside of me, I just braked as late as I could, we’ve got to the apex of the right and we’re pretty much just banging wheels and I just kept it on the outside of the left and I knew it was very, very tight and I managed to stay ahead.
“I’ve just watched the onboard now and it was some good racing I thought! I enjoyed it, I think it was hard from both, fair from my side, and like I said, for me, I’m just gaining confidence now in these situations.
"It’s probably only my second or third race I’ve been in this position fighting with other cars and against guys who have the experience like Kimi. That I enjoyed”.