It is important to note, however, that this was not technically his first result in Formula One, as he finished ninth behind the wheel of a Mercedes at the Sakhir Grand Prix last year when Lewis Hamilton replacing.
Russell was very close to winning at the time, dominating the race the entire time, but an unexpected lane mistake from Mercedes then punctured the opportunity to do so. However, Russell didn’t break and went on to give an amazing performance with Williams.
Russell flew the team he had been driving until the second quarter of this year, and more than once into the third quarter. Much of the action eventually manifested itself in the form of eighth place in the chaotic Hungarian Grand Prix.
Despite all this, it is clear that the Briton is also used to success, winning several championship titles in the junior formula categories. As he spoke in a statement to Dutch NOS TV:
“He obviously lacks the victories, the feeling of champagne. I’ve always fought for victories since I was eight, I’ve done everything I can to get into Formula 1, but it’s currently impossible to predict victories.”
“Currently, only four riders can win alone, Lewis Hamilton, Max Verstappen, Valtteri Bottas and Sergio Perez. If you’re not under Mercedes or Red Bull, you don’t stand a chance even if you’re the best driver”
“For Williams, for example, if I go for a perfect and absolutely flawless race, the top 10 could emerge as a potential success. However, I am happy and satisfied that I can be one of the 20 Formula 1 drivers.”
“There is a very practical atmosphere in the ring, in the beginning I had to get used to everyone taking care of themselves, that they were always busy with something and that was stressful. We talked to each other a lot more in the junior championships and the buggies, it’s so missing”
Despite the victory, the Alps were not entirely satisfied …