George Russell revealed after the Spanish Grand Prix that he confused sweat on the inside of his visor for rain during the event. He had been in 12th place on the grid but succeeded in finishing third at the Circuit de Barcelona Catalunya. While running sixth, he reported rain over the radio on lap 27 at Turn 5. However, a lap later he explained that he had made a mistake, saying that he thought it was sweat from the inside of his helmet. After the race, the driver explained his confusion and praised his team for the progress they had made so far this season.
“At the start of the race I knew my hair wasn’t in my balaclava, so my hair was dangling out which was, firstly, quite annoying,” Russell said. “The next thing I started to brake and I saw the raindrops on my visor but I soon learned it was a bead of sweat dropping down on my head through my hair and when I braked, it was flicking onto the visor.”
Russell explained how the confusion had led him to believe there was a chance for wet weather, which could have mixed up the racing order. “So I got a little bit excited [that it was raining] at one point but you’re not always right I guess!” he joked. Despite the confusion, Russell managed to maintain his composure throughout the race.
“Huge thanks to the whole team for bringing these updates forward. But equally, we’re not going to get carried away just after this one race. We know it might be slightly different in the future races, and I think generally Ferrari and Aston were a little bit more off the pace than normal,” he said.
Russell’s progress is seen as a great achievement for the Williams team, which is currently working hard to improve its performance on the track. The drivers are determined to win more races in the coming weeks and are focused on closing the gap with the drivers in front of them in the standings.
“After yesterday, we knew it was going to be a challenge, but woke up with a bit more positivity, and I thought that we could definitely move forward, probably fight for P5, P6,” Russell said. “I thought P3 would be a little bit out of reach, but the car was really, really great today. The team did a great job with the strategy. It was a really satisfying race, making some good moves on the people around me.”