“Not here for a walk”: Why Williams had absolutely no problem with Russell going for Bottas overtake

George Russell is among the top new-age drivers on the grid today. He is yet to score points for Williams but has shown real maturity and pace during his third F1 season.

George Russell. Source: wikipedia.org

With new investors and a new CEO in Jost Capito, Williams is looking forward to moving up the grid from the back of the pack.

Capito believes that Russell is a bright driver and the team is motivated with him onboard. He also talked about the Brit’s Imola crash to showcase how the driver should approach every race.

Capito had told Russell not to hold back

Capito has complete faith in Russell who is also a part of the Mercedes junior driver program. The Brit has managed to beat his two teammates ever since he joined Williams back in 2019.

Jost Capito. Source: formula1.com

Even though he is at the back of the pack, he displays a prominent driving style that attracts attention.

In an interview, Capito reveals what he told Russell before the race in Imola.

“I said to George before the race, ‘Listen, we’re not here for a walk. If there is a gap somewhere and you think you can overtake, do so.’ If something happens, I will not blame you,” he said.

Capito happy with team spirit at the moment

The 62-year-old also said that there is currently high energy and motivation in the team. He felt that after the Imola incident, a lot of effort has gone into Russell’s car.

The Imola crash. Source: crash.net

“The motivation in the team was excellent. The team spirit is coming again. The employees want to work voluntarily, they make an extra effort,” he said.

Such an accident, the rebuilding of the car, welds a team together. It wasn’t bad at all for the development of the team.”

With new regulations coming up, Williams is looking forward to the 2022 season. It is just not clear if Russell will stay or move to Mercedes.

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