Williams’ Team Principal, Jost Capito has hailed George Russell for his ability to continue to perform well under pressure in recent weeks amid his bout of bad luck on track.
The 23-year-old has been outperforming the FW43B this season – time and time again finding his way into Q2 before ending his streak in Hungary.
According to Capito, where most drivers would take a knock after ending their streak of performance, Russell seems to be more motivated than ever by the setback.
“I have to say, I had hardly seen him that motivated as I saw him Sunday [in Hungary] before the race having qualified 18th,” Capito said.
“Instead, he said ‘today is the day, I will see what I can do. I will fight’.
“He was so focused and determined, even more than when he qualified eighth [at Silverstone]. That was really great to see.
“If he gets a knock he comes back better. He grows under pressure.
“The bigger the pressure is, the better he becomes. Many crack under pressure, but George is completely different.
“The more pressure the better he will perform.
“We saw that when he was in the Mercedes last year” – standing in for Lewis Hamilton who had tested positive for Covid.
“It was the biggest pressure you could put on any driver and he performed brilliantly – and this is his attitude.”
Russell currently sits 16th in the Driver’s Standings with four points, with racing returning in 14 days for the Belgian GP.