Russell: De Vries had more durable job at Monza than my Sakhir 2020 cameo
Regardless of solely studying he was required to step in for Albon shortly earlier than FP3, de Vries managed to achieve Q2 earlier than ending the race ninth, matching Williams’ finest results of the season.
Comparisons had been drawn to Russell making his personal late stand-in look for Mercedes on the Sakhir Grand Prix in 2020, when Lewis Hamilton was dominated out as a result of COVID-19. Russell certified second and was set to win the race earlier than a late puncture dashed his hopes.
However Russell felt de Vries had an even bigger problem leaping in on the final minute given his lack of F1 racing expertise, and the actual fact he needed to modify from driving the Aston Martin in apply on Friday to a unique F1 automobile lower than 24 hours later.
“I believe it was in all probability more durable for him, to be trustworthy, than it was for me, as a result of I used to be clearly a full-time race driver,” stated Russell.
“Equally as properly for him, leaping from Aston Martin on Friday right into a Williams, it’s a unique automobile, the seating place is totally different.
“I bear in mind after I was doing testing with Mercedes and Power India on the time, and driving F2, it took fairly just a few laps simply to get used to the totally different feeling of how these vehicles reacted.
“There’s not much more to say. To attain factors in your debut in a Williams, it is fairly spectacular, little doubt.”
George Russell, Mercedes F1 W11, Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes F1 W11
Photograph by: Charles Coates / Motorsport Photos
The efficiency from de Vries solely furthered requires the 2019 System 2 and 2020-21 System E title winner to land a full-time drive in F1 subsequent 12 months.
Williams boss Jost Capito stated there was “nothing else” de Vries might do to persuade him of a drive for subsequent season, however there’s additionally considered curiosity from Alpine, which will discipline the Dutchman in a personal check on the Hungaroring subsequent week.
Russell raced towards de Vries by a lot of his junior profession, stretching again to go-karting, and stated he “was at all times one of many absolute best.”
“There is no doubt he is deserve one other place in System 1,” stated Russell.
“That is simply how the game is. There’s 20 drivers, and never everyone will get a chance. However definitely now he is proved every thing he has to.”