George Russell has delivered an open and honest evaluation of the initial phase of the 2023 season, reflecting on both his individual performance and the collective team effort.
Looking ahead to the continuation of the season, Russell has expressed his aspirations to secure a race victory.
Presently positioned at the sixth spot in the drivers’ standings with 99 points, Russell’s journey has seen him achieve a podium finish only once throughout this campaign.
Contrasting with the same juncture in the previous year, the British driver was ahead of his Hamilton, had celebrated five podium placements and held the fourth position in the championship with an impressive tally of 158 points.
Such could not be replicated in the ongoing campaign, but the young Brit is optimistic about the second half of the F1 campaign.
Inquired about his perspective on the season’s commencement after his sixth-place finish at the Belgian GP, George Russell stated: “Season of two halves. First six races I was super happy with my own personal performance, I was really strong.
“Definitely some missed opportunities. Just from the failure in Melbourne and Monaco, the small mistake, could’ve been a podium. And Silverstone, the Safety Car, just little things went against me.
“Then it swung around recently, struggling with the car. We’ve got some ideas why that is. We pursued a set-up direction, and this weekend validated it was the wrong way.
“That leaves me with a bit of confidence that we can turn it around in the second half of the year. But, like I said, eyes on Red Bull, we want to win a race this year, and we are still pushing like hell to achieve that.”