‘Robert Scored & You Didn’t’: Russell Opens Up On Finishing Behind Kubica In Germany

George Russell has responded to criticism from some F1 fans over the long wait for his first points with Williams.

The Briton, who has been racing with Williams Racing since 2019, scored his first points with the team last time out in Hungary.

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However, some F1 fans were quick to point out that his team-mate, Nicholas Latifi, finished ahead of him.

Others criticised Russell for taking so long to score points with Williams, especially as his team-mate in 2019, Robert Kubica, scored a point that season (while he didn’t.)

Speaking about the frustration he has experienced in his F1 career, Russell touched upon Kubica scoring in the 2019 German Grand Prix and other hard-to-swallow results.

“I always try to pull out the positives and then move on,” Russell said in an interview with Auto Motor und Sport (AMuS).

“I have gained a lot of experience with frustration over the past few years.

“When I think of Imola 2020, of Sakhir [last year], the race in Imola this season, of Austria. Hockenheim 2019 was such a thing as well.

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“Robert beat me in three out of 21 races or so that season, including there. And then only eleven cars cross the finish line.

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“Everyone said afterwards: ‘Robert scored and you didn’t’. But how often have only eleven cars crossed the finish line in recent years?

“And it only worked with the points because Alfa Romeo was disqualified. Typically, you only lose three times a year and there is only one chance to score.”

Continuing, he said he has learned to always look for the positives and stop disappointment from demotivating him.

“But I’ve learned to take the positives with me. After my only race for Mercedes, I was of course incredibly disappointed,” Russell added. 

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“But I could have done a bad job, made mistakes and finished third. I’m happier over the weekend I had because my performance was right, finishing third or second and not having delivered.

“I want to be world champion. You can’t let disappointment drag you down because it would affect the next race. And that after.

“You have to deliver consistently, always operate at the limit. You can’t change the past. I live in the present and think about the future,” he concluded.

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