At the Belgian Grand Prix, Williams believes George Russell was pushed even harder to join Mercedes.
George Russell had the best day of his brief Formula One career today, securing a spot on the second row of the grid for the Belgian Grand Prix.
George Russell will remember his qualifying effort at the Belgian Grand Prix, where he placed himself between Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton ahead of the race in Spa on Sunday. And the Williams driver couldn’t have done it at a better moment, with Toto Wolff keeping a tight eye on him ahead of his final judgement on Mercedes’ second-place finish.
Lando Norris spun out of Q3 before the red flag came out, and the young Brit was on the verge of pulling off the spectacular and winning poll in what was a dramatic qualifying session on Saturday, with the young Brit on the verge of pulling off the spectacular and winning poll in what was a dramatic qualifying session on Saturday, with the young Brit on the verge of pulling off the spectacular and winning poll in what was a dramatic qualifying session on Saturday, with Lando Norris spinning out of Q3 before the red
Verstappen, on the other hand, beat Russell to the finish line with his penultimate lap. Russell, on the other hand, is beaming after putting himself in a great position to score important points for his struggling Williams team on Sunday.
With Mercedes looking closely, the team’s principal conceded that he couldn’t have done much more.
Russell’s performance will undoubtedly have been noted by Mercedes team principal Wolff, who acknowledged after qualifying that he had made his decision on the final seat.
After the race, the Austrian told Sky Sports about Russell: “Very excellent lap. It’s quite impressive. You must complete such a lap while remaining on the course. He was just a smidgeon away from taking the lead. “Congratulations, then.”
When asked if his qualifying performance made Mercedes’ decision more difficult, Wolff stated that the Brackley-based team had already made up their minds.
“I think we know where we stand now,” he remarked. We know what we’ve got and what he [Russell] is capable of. Today was just another piece of evidence that he is capable of driving.”
Jost Capito, the Williams team principal, has now stated that Russell’s outstanding qualifying performance has pushed him even closer to the Mercedes driver’s seat.
Capito stated of Russell’s future to Sky Sports F1: “Of course, we would like to keep him, but this result today, if Toto [Wolff] hasn’t made his decision yet, I think this would drive him even more to Mercedes.”
“Then we – particularly myself – are overjoyed to see him in a Mercedes.
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