George Russell is causing concern for Williams, as a target has been set for the final two races before Mercedes makes its move.


George Russell is a source of concern for Williams, as a target has been set for the final two races before Mercedes makes their move.

George Russell expresses his concern for Williams ahead of the final two races.

After struggling for pace over the past few races as the season draws to a close, soon-to-be Mercedes driver George Russell says he has some concerns about Williams’ speed.

Russell went on a stunning run of form after scoring his first points in Hungary, qualifying on the front row in an uncompetitive car at the rain-soaked Belgian Grand Prix, just a week after receiving the call from Mercedes boss Toto Wolff that he would be stepping up to partner Lewis Hamilton.

Russell, who qualified third in Sochi, was also impressive in Russia, knowing that his future with Mercedes was now sealed.

Williams, on the other hand, has found themselves at the back of the grid in recent races, struggling alongside Haas.

The Briton, who is known for performing well in qualifying on Saturdays, has also fallen behind, failing to advance past the first round in Brazil and struggling at the bottom of the time sheets in Qatar.

“Everyone on the team is frustrated at the moment,” Russell said after the race.

“We need to take a break and figure out what’s changed.”

We have a few hints.

“We’ve always had tough Sundays but fantastic Saturdays to make up for it, and given our car pace, it’s been easier to hold on to a position than to attack for one.”

“However, the pace hasn’t been there [lately]on a Saturday for whatever reason.”

“So, in these last two races [in Saudi Arabia and Abu Dhabi], we need to make the most of it and secure that P8.”

“Right now, that’s the most important thing to us.”

To add salt to Williams’ wounds, both of their drivers suffered punctures during the race at the Losail International Circuit, as did two other drivers, McLaren’s Lando Norris and Mercedes Valtteri Bottas.

“We actually anticipated that prior to the race,” Russell added.

It was just the outside shoulder, the front-left, that was a problem, and it would eventually go away.

“It’s because we didn’t have enough speed in the high-speed corners leading into the straights,” says the driver.

“In the fast corners, the guys were already behind me.”

Even if I’d been able to accomplish more, they would have.

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