The Williams Racing Formula One Team not only scored their second double points finish in a row at the Belgian Grand Prix on Sunday but they also picked up their first podium finish since 2017 with George Russell who started Sunday’s race from second on the grid coming home in second place to give the Grove-based outfit their first runner up finish since 2014. Nicholas Latifi also had a great day as he came home in ninth place.
Speaking following the action, George Russell commented saying;
The conditions were incredibly difficult out there and even in second with only one car in front, sometimes I couldn’t even see Max (Verstappen) ahead. I’m really sorry for everyone at the track and those watching around the world that we couldn’t race but safety has to come first.
It’s a strange feeling as I’ve never had a race finish like this in my career, but a podium is a podium and we will take it no matter what. We were rewarded for the amazing job we did as a team yesterday. Obviously if the race had gone ahead today it would have been incredibly difficult for us to hold our position, but you’ve got to take it as it comes. It was only last race in Hungary that I scored my first points for Williams and here we are standing on the podium at the Belgian Grand Prix! It is a reward for all of the hard work everyone in the team has put in over these past three years
Nicholas Latifi commented following his race saying;
This definitely isn’t the way I would have liked to finish the weekend; I know we all would have liked to get out there and go racing, but unfortunately the conditions made it too dangerous. It’s really unfortunate for the fans and I really feel for them having sat out in the cold the whole day, so thank you to everybody who stuck it out. From the team’s perspective, it’s more points and a podium which should help solidify our position in the championship, so that’s a big positive to take away from the day.
The Williams Racing Team has now scored more points in the last two Grand Prix of the season in Hungary and Belgium than they scored throughout the entire last three seasons in Formula One and are currently in eighth place in the Constructors championship. Speaking following today’s race, Dave Robson, Head of Vehicle Performance commented saying:
Unfortunately, the conditions were just too bad today and we couldn’t complete any racing. It is a real shame for everyone involved and all those that came to watch. Of course, for us it means that we secure a great race result off the back of an excellent day yesterday and a lot of hard work over the last couple of years.
We now travel to Holland to take on the challenge of Zandvoort. It is effectively a new track for us and will represent a whole new challenge, which we are looking forward to tackling with renewed confidence.