Williams Racing F1 Brazil GP race - Better than expected

Williams Racing F1 Brazil GP race - Better than expected

14.11.2021: SÃO PAULO GRAND PRIX, Brazil Autodromo José Carlos Pace 12th – 14th November 2021 Sunday, November 14th 2021 • George Russell finished 13th and Nicholas Latifi 16th in the São Paulo Grand Prix


SÃO PAULO GRAND PRIX, Brazil
Autodromo José Carlos Pace
12th – 14th November 2021
Sunday, November 14th 2021
 



•    George Russell finished 13th and Nicholas Latifi 16th in the São Paulo Grand Prix


•    Nicholas started 16th and George 17th, both on the medium Pirelli tyres


•    George stopped twice, initially pitting under the safety car on lap seven and subsequently under racing conditions on lap 41, taking new hard tyres at each stop


•    Nicholas also ran a two-stop race, taking a fresh set of the hard compound tyres on laps 13 and 39
 


Dave Robson, Head of Vehicle Performance:
Today was enjoyable, and although we ultimately lacked the pace to score a point, we put together a strong race in tricky circumstances. With multiple pitstops required, and several interventions from the Safety Car and the Virtual Safety Car (VSC), there was opportunity to win and lose time and it was important to manage the car through the interventions.



We had a poor opening lap and so took an early opportunity to pit George and get him onto the more robust Hard tyre, on which he showed good pace, including a particularly strong final stint. Nicholas was less fortunate as the VSC cleared whilst he was in the pit lane, which put him a little further down the road than he would otherwise have been. However, in the free air, he was able to manage the car well and apply pressure to Tsunoda.
 


Overall, today was a good workout for the whole team as we rarely get to do genuine multiple stop races these days. The addition of the (virtual) safety cars and the high track temperature made for a busy but interesting race. We didn’t get everything right, we could’ve done a little better with Nicholas’s first pitstop - however, we did a lot of things very well and learnt a lot in the process, which will help further our development as a strong race team.
 



George Russel
l: Today was better than we expected. The first two stints were quite tough, we couldn’t make any progress on the opening few laps and struggled on the restart, but the final stint was good, and we managed to stay ahead of Antonio Giovinazzi.


Being able to keep an Alfa Romeo behind is a pretty big deal for us as we just didn’t have the pace this weekend. P13 is not what we are aiming for as a team but, given the circumstances, I think it was a good result. I’m more optimistic heading to Qatar as I think the Losail International Circuit will suit the characteristics of our car more than the last two races, so hopefully we can go there and can be faster next weekend.
 


Nicholas Latifi: T
he race was easier to manage than I anticipated as we had decent pace, but it was a very lonely Grand Prix as I was by myself for most of it, which is quite frustrating. We will have to look back and see what we could’ve done differently.


 However, we race again in seven days and on these upcoming tracks, we should be more competitive than we’ve been in Mexico and Brazil, so I’m looking forward to these next few Grands Prix in the Middle East.
 
 


Track: Autódromo José Carlos Pace, Brazil    Weather: Warm and dry conditions
Lap Length: 4.309km / 2.677 miles    Temperature: Air: 22-24°C Track: 42-53°C
Pos    Driver    Team    Time/Gap (Fastest Lap)    Grid    Tyre Changes


1.    L. Hamilton    Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team    1:32:22.851(1:11.982)    10    2 (26, 43)
2.    M. Verstappen    Red Bull Racing Honda     +10.496(1:12.486)    2    2 (27, 40)
3.    V. Bottas     Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team    +13.576 (1:12.526)    1    2 (30, 41)

13.    G. Russell, FW43B-04    Williams Racing    +1 LAP(1:14.355)    16    2 (7, 41)
16.    N. Latifi, FW43B-02    Williams Racing    +1 LAP(1:14.616)    17    2 (13, 39)
 

 
 


- Sophie Ogg, photos Williams


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