No pangs of envy from Russell despite edging closer to unwanted F1 record
George Russell is refusing to be envious at the luck enjoyed by back-of-the-grid rivals Haas and Alfa Romeo despite edging closer to an unwanted Formula 1 record.
It is now 32 grands prix for Russell without a point in F1, moving him up to fifth on the all-time list of drivers for most races without scoring, leaving him 18 behind record-holder Luca Badoer.
While Russell would naturally love to end his drought in whatever fashion, there was no considering 'what might have been' after Sunday's Eifel Grand Prix in which five cars retired, allowing Romain Grosjean to score his first points for Haas this season from ninth, and with Antonio Giovinazzi 10th for Alfa Romeo.
Russell, whose race was prematurely ended when he was punted out by Kimi Raikkonen in his Alfa, said: "It would be nice to score a point or two or three, but in all honesty, I think I’m realistic, and ultimately, the car just isn’t quick enough.
"We need to continue to work really hard to bring more performance into the car because we don’t want to be lucking into these events. We want to be there on merit. That’s where we are at the moment.
"For the likes of Haas and Alfa, things have just gone there way in these races. They are no quicker than us and I don’t personally believe they’ve done anything better than us.
"The things have just gone their way when it’s been these very specific opportunities and it hasn’t for us.
"There’s been a number of times where we’ve had really good races and finished quite high up the order, but there haven’t been five midfield cars break down, which is the difference between scoring points or not.
"So it’s a shame. I think as a race team we’re doing things really well, we’re getting the most out of our package. We just need to get some more downforce on the car to get us in those positions more often."
Russell is confident he could have claimed a top-10 spot but for his incident with Raikkonen.
"Sometimes it’s racing," added Russell. "We’re all pushing hard and it’s not easy sometimes.
"But it’s frustrating, the car was feeling good and the way the race went, I think we could’ve scored points. It’s all going against us at the moment, unfortunately."
GPFans is a multi-platform, multi-language brand dedicated to Formula One coverage. We bring you all the ins and outs of the sport, 24/7, everything from up-to-the-minute news and features to the latest viral stories and clips.
We believe that a new generation of exciting, outspoken drivers will make F1 more popular than ever before, and we want to give our users access to as much of their heroes as possible, on and off the track. From Lewis Hamilton to Max Verstappen, Daniel Ricciardo to Sebastian Vettel, we provide in-depth analysis of every every Grand Prix in the season, from Australia to Abu Dhabi.
With Formula One under the new ownership of Liberty Media, how the sport is being covered is evolving, and GPFans will look to be at the heart of this progression into new media, as one of the fastest-growing sites covering the king of motorsports.