The Williams Racing Formula One Team had a breakthrough race at the Hungarian Grand Prix on Sunday as for the first time this season they scored double points with both Nicholas Latifi and George Russell coming home in the points.
Nicholas Latifi came from 18th on the grid and finished the race in eighth place. Speaking following the action he commented saying:
It is an amazing result for the team, and I am so happy for us. The team has been knocking
on the door of points for a few races now, so to get both cars in the points and to move up to P8 in the championship is amazing. The race from my side was very tough to manage, obviously the start in the first corner was what sealed it for me. We struggled in qualifying yesterday, so to come away with a result like this is better than anything we could have hoped for. Overall, it is a really nice way to head into the summer break.
George Russell started the race from 17th place on the grid and scored his first world championship points coming home in ninth place and speaking following the action he said:
I’m so happy for everyone and I’m a bit lost for words. It was an incredible race. My final stint
was probably the best of my whole career as I was fighting like crazy, fending off Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen. I’m just so pleased for everyone because it’s been a big slog over the last two-and-a-half years for me, and three-and-a-half years for the team, so these points are really deserved. Really well done to Nicholas too, he made an amazing start and drove a really great race. Finishing eighth and ninth, we couldn’t really have done much more today.
Williams Racing’s Head of Vehicle Performance, Dave Robson commented saying:
Today, a small amount of rain caused a big swing in fortunes for the field. We obviously benefited, not least from the crashes at the initial race start. However, the Team made the most of the situation and made good decisions throughout the race. Both drivers managed their pace, their cars and their tyres expertly and both were calm and confident throughout. Although we ultimately lost some places to faster cars, we are nonetheless very happy with the result. Finishing on the lead lap and in relatively dry conditions meant that we had to work hard to manage the fuel, but this was done well and in conjunction with the tyre management.