Russell adamant a pointless 2021 not a failure

13 June 2021 20:27:10 GMTPlus10

Williams driver George Russell doesn't think the 2021 Formula 1 season will be seen as a failure even if his side fail to claim any points.

The beleaguered British team have finished bottom of the standings for the previous three campaigns and are 4500/1 to win the Constructors Championship this year after failing to claim a single point in 2020.

But Russell can see the team making progress and doesn't see another pointless season as being a failure.

"It doesn't bother me, no, but it's certainly a goal. That is the target," he told Autosport Magazine. "If we end this season pointless – I would not have seen this season as a failure.

"If we end the season with some points, I think it would have been a great success."

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And Russell compared Williams to rivals McLaren, who have claimed two podium finishes in the new campaign courtesy of Lando Norris.

He added: "Points for us is, effectively, a win for McLaren. If McLaren go this whole season without winning a race, they're not gonna see that as a failure.

"If they do have a victory, that would have been a massive success. And that's a really good way to look at it.

"For us, psychologically, we've got to recognise that if we've done absolutely everything, if we've had a fantastic weekend and came home 13th, we need to recognise that and not be downbeat that we didn't get points."

The Formula 1 campaign heads to France next week for the French Grand Prix at Circuit Paul Ricard in Le Castellet.

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