Eifel GP: Race sees missed opportunity for Williams Racing

By Williams Racing
October 12 2020

For Williams Racing the results of the 2020 Eifel GP would see a 14th place finish for Nicholas Latifi and a DNF for George Russell but the race could have seen a far different result with George Russell missing out on the opportunity to finish the race in possibly a points scoring position. George would be involved in an incident that saw Raikkonen crash into the side of his FW43 causing far too much damage for George to be able to continue. Up to this point George had been racing amongst cars that would ultimtaelty go onto finish in the points. For Nicholas his race would not see any incidents but the lack of pace from his car did not allow for him to gain from the opportunty presented whena Saefty Car was deployed late in the race.

  Williams Racing Eifel GP Race Review

Race Notes
• Nicholas Latifi finished 14th in an actioned packed Eifel Grand Prix
• George Russell’s race unfortunately ended due to a collision caused by Kimi Raikkonen
• George started the race 17th , with Nicholas lining up 18th , both on the soft Pirelli tyre
• Nicholas ran a two-stop strategy, pitting first on lap 14 and then on lap 33 for the medium compound on both occasions


Nicholas Latifi:
"It was a challenging race today and I was pushing as hard as I could. I can’t pinpoint why exactly, we were just lacking overall pace, especially compared to the Haas and the Alfa. We were put in a good position after the safety car, but we had faster cars on new qualifying tyres behind us. I had some fun battles with Daniil (Kyvat), I think for the last five or six laps I was defending into turn one, battling through one, two and three, so it was fun to have that fight. We will have to go away and analyse to see why we were lacking pace this weekend."


George Russell:
"It was a very frustrating way to finish the Eifel Grand Prix. I was racing with Sebastian (Vettel), and Kimi (Raikkonen) was close behind. I overtook Sebastian in the corner before, but he got the DRS to re-pass me. Kimi was close behind fighting with us, he made the mistake, lost the car and crashed into me which damaged the car and gave us a puncture. There was too much damage to bring it home and we had to retire the car, but that’s just racing sometimes. Up until then, the car was feeling was good and we were on pace with the guys around us. We were on a slightly different strategy to those we were racing, so there were opportunities there. It is a shame because the way that this race has panned out there was definitely an opportunity there."


Dave Robson, Senior Race Engineer:
"It is a shame that George’s race ended as soon as it did as he was making decent progress and was in a good race with the cars that eventually finished in the points. Nicholas was unfortunate with the timing of the safety car, which helped our rivals more than us. However, overall, we didn’t have the pace to achieve a better finish today, but we have enjoyed our return to the Nürburgring and the shortened race weekend, which made yesterday quite difficult but has served as useful preparation for the upcoming race at Imola."




Track: Nürburgring, Germany
Lap Length: 5.148 km / 3.199 miles

Weather: Cool temperatures with specks of rain
Temperature: Air: 9-10°C Track: 15-19°C




Time (Fastest Lap)



L Hamilton Mercedes 1:35:49.641 (1:28.145)


2 M Verstappen Red Bull +4.470 (1:28.139) 3
3 D Ricciardo Renault +14.613 (1:29.584) 6
14 N LATIFI Williams Racing + 54.449 (1:31.377) 18
DNF G RUSSELL Williams Racing - 17

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Eifel GP: Race sees missed opportunity for Williams Racing
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Date: 12/10/2020 11:39

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