SILVERSTONE, England (Reuters) – Williams are made up our minds to stay British Method One rookie George Russell for the long run and haven’t any plans to exchange Polish motive force Robert Kubica this season, deputy important Claire Williams mentioned on the British Grand Prix.
Method One F1 – British Grand Prix – Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone, Britain – July 11, 2019 McLaren’s Lando Norris and Williams’ George Russell all over a press convention REUTERS/John Sibley
Addressing rumors swirling across the former champions who’ve fallen some distance from their wonderful previous, Williams additionally brushed aside hypothesis the staff may just transfer from Mercedes to Renault engines.
“We haven’t had any conversations about George probably leaving the staff within the quick time period as a result of he’s on a long-term contract with us,” she advised journalists.
“In my view I believe he’s global champion subject matter and why would I wish to lose George from our staff? I’d do the whole lot in my energy to stay George Russell at Williams.
“My ambition is that in the future we’d be able to supply George with a automobile the place he can get started competing on the best of the midfield after which expectantly for podiums,” added Williams. “George is a large a part of Williams’ long term.”
Russell, remaining 12 months’s Method Two champion, has a freelance with Method One champions Mercedes, who provide Williams with engines in addition to their very own manufacturing facility staff and Racing Level.
Each Mercedes, the staff of 5 occasions champion Lewis Hamilton, and Racing Level may just probably have vacancies on the finish of the 12 months.
Williams, winners of 9 constructors’ titles between 1980 and 1997, are the one staff but to attain some degree in 9 races this season.
Their automobile lacks downforce and is robotically lapped in races, with Kubica, making a return this season after a near-fatal rally crash in 2011, and Russell normally racing most effective towards each and every different.
“We’re virtually getting the mickey taken out people with our efficiency, nevertheless it’s a longer-term undertaking for the staff,” Russell mentioned on Thursday.
Williams mentioned there could be no choice in regards to the 2020 motive force lineup till a lot later within the 12 months.
“Our courting with Robert is as sturdy because it was once … he’s doing what he must do,” she mentioned.
“So far as I’m involved there are not any frustrations, undoubtedly from our facet. I’m certain he has a degree of frustration as a result of he doesn’t have the apparatus that he would love these days.
“There is not any considered changing Robert in any respect all over this season. Completely no longer.”
Williams mentioned the staff was hoping to conclude a brand new partnership with Mercedes for 2021 and past.
She would no longer be drawn on studies that former McLaren and Ferrari head of engineering Pat Fry was once in line to exchange the now-departed Paddy Lowe at Williams.
“We’re ready to take a look at our construction at the engineering facet and come to a decision what’s the most suitable choice,” she mentioned. “If that suggests bringing in a brand new TD (technical director), then we can achieve this however we’re nonetheless within the analysis procedure.”
Reporting via Alan Stanley Baldwin, modifying via Sudipto Ganguly