Williams’s George Russell was tearful after a long-awaited and “well deserved” double points finish at the Hungarian Grand Prix on Sunday as both drivers made the most of an incident-filled race day at the Hungaroring.
Having spent recent years at the bottom of the standings, the result in Hungary was welcomed across the board after Russell finally overcame his consistent bad luck for a points finish as he secured eighth place behind his teammate Latifi in seventh.
While it was Russell’s first points of the season, there was cause for celebration on the other side of the garage as Latifi also brought home his first points of the year.
Speaking to media after the race, an emotional Russell was brought to tears as he spoke about what the result meant to him;
“So happy and quite emotional to be honest because it means so much more than just the result today,” Russell then said to Sky F1.
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“It’s three years of hard work and thinking about how many times we haven’t got lucky, we truly deserve this.”
He then added that he was a “bit lost for words”.
“I didn’t think the first points for me and for the team would mean so much,” Russell continued.
“For me that last stint was probably the best stint of my whole career to be honest, fending off from Danny Ric and then getting Max behind me as well.
“Incredible and just so pleased for everyone because it’s been a big old slog the last two and a half years for me, and three and a half years for the whole team. It’s really, really well deserved.”
Speaking about the result he and Latifi brought home as a result of team work, Russell said;”We don’t find both cars inside the points very often at all and the points he potentially could have scored if things had been slightly different could have been absolutely massive and stuck P8 in the championship for us which is huge.”