The Williams team didn’t have a Technical Director since Paddy Lowe left in 2019. George Russell thinks that it was crazy that they didn’t have one since it is such an important role in a Formula One team.
The Grove-based team was taken by Dorilton Capital, their CEO Jost Capito brought someone with whom he has worked before. Francois-Xavier Demaison and Capito enjoyed success at the World Rally Championship and hope they bring that to the F1 grid.
The opening round didn’t go as planned for the team, as Russell finished in 14th place while Nicholas Latifi had to retire from the race. Hence, the Grove-based team couldn’t bring any points to the table in the first race.
George Russell was shocked that the team didn’t have a Technical Director
As quoted by Grandpx. news, the Williams driver said, “During all of my time at Williams we had no technical director, which is pretty crazy when you think about it. It means a lot of people have been doing jobs they weren’t supposed to do. If a technical director gets it right, those mechanics or engineers can focus on their jobs again.”
When asked how it was working with new management in the form of Jos Capito. Russell added, “I am impressed with the motivation and good mood he has brought to the team. He’s an incredibly approachable guy who talks to everyone in the garage. He’ll have a positive impact on Williams for the next few years.”
Russell thinks that the team can improve for the race in Imola
The Bahrain Grand Prix ended in disappointment for the 23-year-old as he crossed the finish line in 14th place. However, he thinks there are few learnings to take away from the weekend.
In the post-race interview, Russell said, “It was nice to be racing, I had a good little tussle at the beginning, made a few places, lots a few places. I forgot how tricky it was right in that battle with all the cars surrounding. But I thought it was a very well executed race, first stint was tricky.”
“But second and third stints were as good as can be and our relative pace was actually pretty strong. That’s where we were this weekend, and we need to reassess at Imola. I’d like to think this is worst-case scenario, so fingers crossed it can only get better.”
The second round of the 2021 season is just weeks away. Will they bounce back with a great result in Imola? Can Russell and Latifi extract the most out of the car? Only time will answer those questions. What did you think of the Grove-based team‘s performance in Bahrain? Let us know in the comments below.