George Russell's Q3 near-miss at Styrian GP "frustrating" for Williams

Williams has admitted that it is frustrated to miss out on a spot in Q3 for the Styrian Grand Prix by less than one tenth of a second

George Russell's Q3 near-miss at Styrian GP "frustrating" for Williams

George Russell performed brilliantly to briefly top the times at the start of Q1, and after progressing into Q2 for the first time in his Formula 1 career, eventually finished 12th just 0.091 seconds behind Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel in tenth.

After a disappointing 2019 campaign in which Williams failed to get out of Q1 all season, head of vehicle performance Dave Robson said the outfit still could not help but feel annoyed at being so close to managing its first top 10 starting position since the 2018 Italian Grand Prix, when Lance Stroll qualified tenth.

Russell will start from 11th following a three-place grid penalty for Charles Leclerc, whose Ferrari had out-qualified him by 0.008s.

"We actually said on the pit wall during Q2 that, yes, we need to look at getting into Q3," explained Robson.

"That's obviously the aim, but we didn't want to lose sight of the fact that we were still fighting for 11th, 12th, or 13th, which would be really valuable for tomorrow.

"So yeah, it's frustrating to miss out by such a small margin.

"But I think when we look back, and we'll do it properly at the beginning next week, I think we did pretty much everything we could.

"He [Russell] had good [track] position, and we got the engine turned up at just the right time, as we can't run in max power mode every lap as the battery goes flat, so I think we got it just about right.

"In those conditions though, I'm sure George knows where he could have gained a bit of time and we could have been slightly better with the tyres I'm sure.

"It is frustrating, but I think on the whole we did a very good job with what we had."

Russell was overjoyed with his performance in the wet, and said that getting through to Q2 and being within a sniff of Q3 after the struggles of last year was more than he thought possible heading into the weekend.

"Over the moon," he said about his effort.

"There is no way I would have expected that.

"We would have been pleased with just a Q2 and, if you told me before the weekend that we were just a tenth away from Q3, I would have absolutely not have believed it.

"I had a lot of fun out there, I am really pleased for all the guys.

"It is not quite our true pace but for all the hard work, the mechanics and engineers, who come week in and week out to get this result, it is a real boost for all of us."

shares
comments
Wolff: Hamilton's wet Styrian GP pole lap "not from this world"
Previous article

Wolff: Hamilton's wet Styrian GP pole lap "not from this world"

Next article

Leclerc to start F1 Styrian GP 14th after receiving grid penalty for impeding Kvyat

Leclerc to start F1 Styrian GP 14th after receiving grid penalty for impeding Kvyat
Load comments
Unpacking the technical changes behind F1 2022's rules shakeup Plus

Unpacking the technical changes behind F1 2022's rules shakeup

Formula 1 cars will look very different this year as the long-awaited fresh rules finally arrive with the stated aim of improving its quality of racing. Autosport breaks down what the return of 'ground effect' aerodynamics - and a flurry of other changes besides - means for the teams, and what fans can expect

Why new era F1 is still dogged by its old world problems Plus

Why new era F1 is still dogged by its old world problems

OPINION: The 2022 Formula 1 season is just weeks away from getting underway. But instead of focusing on what is to come, the attention still remains on what has been – not least the Abu Dhabi title decider controversy. That, plus other key talking points, must be resolved to allow the series to warmly welcome in its new era

Formula 1
Jan 20, 2022
The Schumacher trait that will give Haas hope in F1 2022 Plus

The Schumacher trait that will give Haas hope in F1 2022

Mick Schumacher’s knack of improving during his second season in a championship was a trademark of his junior formula career, so his progress during his rookie Formula 1 campaign with Haas was encouraging. His target now will be to turn that improvement into results as the team hopes to reap the rewards of sacrificing development in 2021

Formula 1
Jan 19, 2022
The “glorified taxi” driver central to F1’s continued safety push Plus

The “glorified taxi” driver central to F1’s continued safety push

As the driver of Formula 1’s medical car, Alan van der Merwe’s job is to wait – and hope his skills aren’t needed. JAMES NEWBOLD hears from F1’s lesser-known stalwarts

Formula 1
Jan 15, 2022
When BMW added F1 'rocket fuel' to ignite Brabham's 1983 title push Plus

When BMW added F1 'rocket fuel' to ignite Brabham's 1983 title push

There was an ace up the sleeve during the 1983 F1 title-winning season of Nelson Piquet and Brabham. It made a frontrunning car invincible for the last three races to see off Renault's Alain Prost and secure the combination's second world title in three years

Formula 1
Jan 13, 2022
How “abysmal” reliability blunted Brabham’s first winner Plus

How “abysmal” reliability blunted Brabham’s first winner

Brabham’s first world championship race-winning car was held back by unreliable Climax engines – or so its creators believed, as STUART CODLING explains

Formula 1
Jan 10, 2022
The steps Norris took to reach a new level in F1 2021 Plus

The steps Norris took to reach a new level in F1 2021

Lando Norris came of age as a grand prix driver in 2021. McLaren’s young ace is no longer an apprentice or a quietly capable number two – he’s proved himself a potential winner in the top flight and, as STUART CODLING finds out, he’s ready to stake his claim to greatness…

Formula 1
Jan 9, 2022
The original F1 maestro who set the bar for Schumacher and Hamilton Plus

The original F1 maestro who set the bar for Schumacher and Hamilton

Juan Manuel Fangio, peerless on track and charming off it, established the gold standard of grand prix greatness. NIGEL ROEBUCK recalls a remarkable champion

Formula 1
Jan 8, 2022