Russell expects Williams pace to be similar to Austria

Williams Racing Formula 1 driver George Russell is expecting the team’s pace to be similar to that shown at the opening race of the season in Austria.

After a difficult 2019, Williams has shown improved pace in 2020, with both Russell and team-mate Nicholas Latifi making it in to Q2 last time out in Hungary.

But while the team’s qualifying pace has seen a clear improvement, they have still struggled with race pace and accept that they are still the slowest car on the grid, albeit closer to the midfield than last year.

Williams were clearly more competitive around the tight and twisty Hungaroring, but with the layout of Silverstone putting less of an emphasis on aerodynamic efficiency, Russell expects to have a harder time with the FW43 known to be a draggy car.

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“I think our pace won’t be quite as strong as we saw in Budapest.” Russell said in Williams’ British Grand Prix preview.

“In Hungary we well and truly exceeded expectations, and things were working really well for us in qualifying.

“I expect us to go back to our reality which is probably a more similar pace to what we saw in the first week of Austria.

“Nevertheless, myself and the team will be giving it all we have got.”

Although the team is expecting it to be a difficult weekend, Williams’ Head of Vehicle Performance Dave Robson has confirmed that the team are bringing new parts which they believe will help.

“We made good progress with the car during the opening three rounds of the season and were able to achieve some good qualifying performances at both venues.” added Robson.

“We are now in a good position to push the performance of the FW43 harder on race day as we look to score our first points of the season.

“Silverstone will be a difficult challenge, but with some new parts becoming available following testing in Austria and Hungary, we are looking to maintain our early season momentum and continuing to close the gap to the leading teams.”