The Williams total of 119 laps was encouraging after the team’s first-test woes, and George Russell says there is plenty more to come in terms of performance too.
Russell was ninth fastest overall on the opening day of the second pre-season test at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, posting a 1m 19.662s on Tuesday morning. Having used the softest tyre compound - the C5 - for his best lap, the British rookie insists the lack of running last week means there’s more lap time to be found.
“It certainly hasn’t made up for last week as everybody else at this stage are fine tuning the balance whereas we’re needing to understand the car, but I feel we’re at a good spot,” Russell said. “The car isn’t in the perfect window right now but I feel like it’s definitely got the potential and we’ve still got three days ahead of us to do that.
“It was really nice to finally push quite hard, we had some very good runs on the C3 and the C1 tyre. We have some work to do on the C4 and the C5 but I think it’s only normal. We’ve only run that set of tyres once and we got a good understanding of the issues. I’m feeling quite positive.
“On the softer side, we’ve only run one set on the C4 and one set on the C5 and the balance was not correct for us. Everybody at this stage is fine-tuning the car, whereas we’re still understanding the limitations and what the different compounds do, so there was no reason to worry that we didn’t find the lap time we should have done, because that should come.”