Williams F1
Russell hoping for test prior to season start
By Andrew Hooper
May 26 2020

With the start of the 2020 Formula One season not that far away ROKiT Williams driver George Russell has been keeping himself busy by taking part in the Virtual GP series but at some time soon he is hoping that he can return to the track prior to the first of the post virus lockdown races in Austria on July 5. Whether this would be in an older F1 car or even a lower class Formula car doesn't matter so long as he can return to the track.
 
 Russell hoping for test prior to season start
 
Russell
 

With the start of the 2020 Formula One season not that far away ROKiT Williams driver George Russell has been keeping himself busy by taking part in the Virtual GP series but at some time soon he is hoping that he can return to the track prior to the first of the post virus lockdown races in Austria on July 5.

In an interview with Sky Sports Russell spoke of his desire to have an opportunity to complete some running in a Formula car prior to the return to the 2020 Williams. This could be in an older F1 car, teams are permitted to run pre-2019 specification cars, or even in a Formula 2 or Formula 3 machine. Like all the 2020 drivers Russell has been locked away unable to take part in any running on the track. It has been just over four months since the last time he ran in an F1 car in winter testing.

As for his push to run in even an older car Russell said: ďYeah absolutely, thatís something Iíll really be trying to do. I think realistically karting will be the first opportunity I get so as soon as I can Iíll be karting but ultimately I want to try and jump in a Formula 1 car before we go back racing again. So whether thatís in a Williams or in a Mercedes we have to wait and see.

ďJust to get some laps under our belt, but it may even be in a Formula 3 car or Formula 2 car as well. So, anything thatís got four wheels and can go round a racetrack will be better than nothing.Ē

As for how he has coped with not been able to get any running on a track Russell spoke of how difficult it has been in maintaining his physical fitness.

Russell added: ďItís incredibly difficult. I donít think thereís any drivers with a race circuit and a Formula 1 car in their back garden, itís not like a footballer who can just go out and kick a football and do their own training so itís very difficult.

ďIím doing everything I can in the gym Iíve got here, cardio wise either running or cycling and also from a mental standpoint, just trying to keep myself occupied.

ďDoing things like learning to juggle, just trying to keep my mind occupied trying to stay on the ball as much as I can.

As for his taking part in sim racing  Russell added that he has also used this as part of his regime in keeping on top of things mentally. He said: ďIíve recently invested in more top quality simulator equipment, and started not only to do it for fun but actually start training on there and thinking you know what, this is the closest Iíve got to reality and I need to to stay sharp and be ready for whenever we go back.Ē