Cape Town - George Russell has admitted that his first run in a Williams
was positive, as he drove for the team in the Abu Dhabi tyre test.
The test is for the teams to compare and contrast both the
2018 and 2019 tyres that Pirelli have given, and therefore will give, next
It is also a test for drivers who are moving teams, or
coming into the sport, to get their first taste of action in their new car.
That was exactly the case for Mercedes young driver, and F2
Champion George Russell, who was pleased after driving the FW41 for the first
"My feeling was very positive to be honest,"
"After the first two runs, I had some issues with the
balance and I wanted to change and play around with, but once we sorted that I
was very confident in the car.
"I had a good feeling to keep on pushing forward and
explore the limit, and I think as a driver, that’s really important to have
that confidence in the car.
"Once we got the setup right, I had it."
The Brit had driven both the Mercedes and Force India cars
during the 2018 season, but admits that it would be difficult to compare those
runs to what he has done in this tyre test at Yas Marina.
"It’s difficult to judge because obviously every
Formula 1 car is very different, and I’ve only experienced 2018 tyres with a
Mercedes and a Force India," he added.
"I think Robert [Kubica] will have more feedback when he
jumps in the car this afternoon."
Robert Kubica has jumped into the car for the afternoon
session of the first day’s running, but Russell was pleased to offer more
feedback ahead of 2019.
"I have more input to give what I would like for next
season, whereas before with Mercedes or Force India, we were there to do exact
test items and get the most out for the team," the F2 Champion explained.
"This is a bit of both, and it’s really good for me to
understand just little things like the seat, the steering wheel, just to see
how I like it and anything I want to change."