George Russell saw reason for optimism even if Williams were still adrift of the midfield teams as the ‘European season’ kicked off in Spain.
Pre-season highlighted just what a tough time Williams were in for in 2019, with the team not having their car ready in time for the opening test and missing out on significant running. Since then they have been working to improve an uncompetitive FW42, and in Barcelona introduced a number of parts designed to provide a better future direction that Russell says proved positive.
“It was an intriguing weekend for us,” Russell said. “We brought some test items and got some decent information from it, so another learning weekend.
“The car is not where we want to be. But it’s not like we’re three seconds off the pace and the car feels great. The car doesn’t feel good, so there’s hope that if we improve that balance feeling, make it more driveable for myself and Robert [Kubica] then the performance should come.
“I mean we’ve definitely gone forward, looking at the qualifying result, that’s clear. Pre-season couldn’t have gone any worse and we didn’t have an optimised car so it’s a bit unfair to back-to-back that but we’re definitely going in the right direction.”