Russell dreaming of a title but says he has time

Date published: August 1 2020

Watching Lando Norris and Alex Albon fighting for podiums is both “frustrating” and “good” for George Russell who will remain with Williams in 2021.

Russell beat both Norris and Albon in the 2018 Formula 2 championship, taking the title by 68 points ahead of Norris with Albon a further seven off the pace.

All three stepped up into Formula 1 a year later, Norris with McLaren, Albon with Toro Rosso and then Red Bull, and Russell with Williams.

But while Norris and Albon have found themselves fighting near the front of the field, the former taking a podium at the Austrian Grand Prix, Russell has yet to score a single point.

The Brit’s best result to date was a P11 at last year’s German Grand Prix, a race in which his then team-mate Robert Kubica claimed Williams’ only point of the championship.

Russell had hoped for better this season from Williams but while the team has shown remarkable strides forward in qualifying, Russell P12 in the Styrian and Hungarian qualifying sessions, races have not gone their way.

With his frustration mounting he had dreamed of taking a step up to Mercedes in 2021 but that was scuppered by Williams deputy team boss Claire Williams who insisted that 22-year-old fulfil his three-year contract.

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So while Russell is doing all he can to help Williams take a step forward from the back of the grid, his former rivals are racing for points and even podiums.

He admits that can be very frustrating.

“Of course,” he told the Daily Mail.

“I’d like to think Lando and Alex doing well is good for me.

“If they are getting good results people can think back to how I did against them in other formulas and see that as a positive for me.

“But I am loyal to Williams and I am in no rush.”

The Brit is being tipped to join Mercedes at some point, potentially replacing Valtteri Bottas in 2022 after his Williams deal is done.

Russell says he is in no rush.

“My target is to be World Champion one day,” he added.

“But I want to be in Formula One for 15 or 20 years, so I have time for the breaks to come.”

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