PORTIMAO, PORTUGAL – APRIL 29: George Russell of Great Britain and Williams talks in the Drivers … [+] Press Conference during previews ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Portugal at Autodromo Internacional Do Algarve on April 29, 2021 in Portimao, Portugal. (Photo by Gabriel Bouys – Pool/Getty Images)
Williams Racing driver George Russell just completed a breakthrough weekend at the Portuguese Grand Prix.
In Saturday’s qualifying session, he made it through to Q2 and bested his Williams teammate for the 40th time in a row. He’s undefeated in his two-plus years with Williams. Russell then missed Q3 by less than a tenth of a second to Sebastian Vettel’s Aston Martin.
Qualifying 11th is the best performance of his F1 career and the best for a Williams car in recent memory. Meanwhile, his teammate Nicholas Latifi qualified 18th. And that’s the yardstick in Formula 1, as the equipment varies so much. It’s virtually impossible to get a direct measure of how fast and skilled Formula 1 drivers are. It’s a bit like comparing Michael Jordan to James LeBron or Muhammad Ali to Mike Tyson. But these competitors are in the sport at the same time…