Russell’s Sakhir GP efficiency confirmed he’s prepared for prime F1 drive – Alonso | F1
The British driver has progressed into Q2 at each race in 2021 and nonetheless remarkably hasn’t been crushed by a Williams teammate in qualifying since making his debut in 2019.
Alonso and Russell swapped helmets after Could’s Monaco Grand Prix, with the Spaniard writing a message of assist on the aspect of his lid.
“George, you rock!! Future World Champ”, learn the message from Alonso.
Talking forward of the final race in Azerbaijan, Alonso defined why he thinks Russell is a star of the long run.
“Positively very impressed,” Alonso mentioned. It’s not that he’s right here seated [next to Alonso in the pre-race drivers’ press conference] however I mentioned additionally final 12 months once I was following the game at house. I feel he has been very, very spectacular with the performances we’ve seen within the Williams that we all know that it’s not a aggressive bundle.
“A bit bit higher this 12 months however not within the final two. Though I feel he was pulling one thing particular each weekend and that was good to look at at house, and that’s one thing that you simply at all times get impressed [by].”
Russell was cruelly robbed of a exceptional win on his Mercedes debut when he deputised for Lewis Hamilton ultimately season’s Sakhir Grand Prix.
Alonso believes Russell’s show in Sakhir and his spectacular performances for Williams have proven why he’s worthy of a seat at a prime workforce in F1 – with Russell closely linked with a swap to Mercedes in 2022, rather than Valtteri Bottas.
“The chance with the Mercedes was adequate to point out, not solely the people who had been watching at house, it was an actual alternative for everybody to look at what a driver with the expertise of George can do with a profitable automobile,” Alonso added. “Practically gained the primary race on the primary alternative that he had.
“That I feel was proof for many individuals, not just for a number of that we knew how good he was. I feel that race in Bahrain was sufficient to substantiate to many hundreds of thousands of individuals.”