Thursday, May 13, 2021
Protect Your Immune System Today!
Home Motorsport Latifi's "very good" season overshadowed by Russell comparison - Roberts · RaceFans

Latifi’s “very good” season overshadowed by Russell comparison – Roberts · RaceFans

Nicholas Latifi drove a “very good” rookie campaign which was under-appreciated because of how well his team mate performed, Williams principal Simon Roberts believes.

Neither Williams driver scored a point for the team during 2020 but George Russell out-qualified Latifi at every race. Nonetheless Roberts believes Latifi progressed well given the unusual challenges of the disrupted championship.

“I think he had a very good season,” said Roberts. “It’s very easy to forget that it’s not been an easy year coming into the team as a race driver is not easy, particularly when you don’t know what circuit you’re going to go to. We’ve had some new ones to deal with.”

Russell scored his only points of the year in a one-off outing for Mercedes, in a race he led the majority of. Roberts said Latifi did “extremely well” alongside the Mercedes junior driver in comparison.

“I think what we saw from George’s outing [at Mercedes] is that George is genuinely very, very good, extremely good. So anyone up against him is going to not always look brilliant on the timesheets, particularly in qualifying where George excels.

“But when you look at it in that context and you remember how inexperienced Nicky is in these cars then I think he’s done well.”

Advert | Become a RaceFans supporter and go ad-free

Latifi’s struggles in qualifying were made more difficult to address by Williams’ uncompetitive state, said Roberts.

“He’s got a lot to learn in how to extract that qualifying lap. Obviously, we [didn’t] help him with that, not only in the car’s pace but the consequence of that is you often only get two goes at it on Saturday because you can’t get out of Q1. Once the car’s got the pace to get out of Q1 and you can get more goes at it, you obviously learn much more quickly.

“So I think we will see improvements within the next year, obviously he’s got a year’s experience under his belt.”

Roberts said Latifi’s race management has already improved. “His race pace has been good, very good. He seems to have a natural affinity for that. So hopefully [the 2021] tyres won’t change requirements too much for that and he can pick up where he’s left off on the on the race pace and just improve the car overall or improve his driving over one lap.

“But I think as a debut season he’s done very well and that he brings quite a lot to the team. And a good foil for George.”

Advert | Become a RaceFans supporter and go ad-free

2021 F1 season

Browse all 2021 F1 season articles

Source link


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

- Advertisment -

Most Popular

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is proud of NBA’s new social justice champion award, but worries US still faces ‘the same issues’

Off it, Abdul-Jabbar had his eyes on a very different prize -- to use his platform to highlight the importance of social issues...

Champions League final moved from Istanbul to Porto amid travel restrictions

UEFA opted to move the showpiece event to Portugal as the country is one of few places Britons can travel to easily amid...

Olympic sponsor ‘concerned’ by growing public frustration over hosting Tokyo Games

With Covid-19 cases rising in Japan, citizens are questioning whether hosting such a major sporting event is appropriate, with some of those set...

Players affected by tear gas in Colombia

Demonstrations fuelled by outrage at a now-canceled tax plan have grown in Colombia over the last two weeks.Television pictures earlier showed the River...

Recent Comments