George Russell had the measure of Robert Kubica at Williams in his rookie F1 year, but the young Brit admits he was often outdone by the Pole in one specific area.
Russell and Kubica entered 2019 with very different ambitions. The former was focused on learning his trade in his freshman year while the latter was out to prove to himself and to his detractors that he still had the ability to compete at the highest level despite an 8-year forced absence from the sport.
However, the two drivers shared a common goal: to beat each other!
With a 100% success rate over Kubica in qualifying, Russell comprehensively came out on top in the teammate battle at Williams.
Kubica set for DTM test at Jerez with BMW Motorsport
But the 21-year-old admits that the experienced Pole had the upper hand on race day when the lights went out.
“My story of the last half of the season has been that of getting overtaken by Robert on the first lap, not making good enough starts, not being aggressive enough, then having stronger pace and struggling to overtake him before overtaking him at the mid-point of the race,” Russell explained.
At Formula 1’s season finale in Abu Dhabi, once again Russell finished ahead of Kubica although it had taken him the better part of 24 laps to clear his fellow Williams rival.
“The pace at the end was very, very strong for us, I just need to improve on those opening laps,” he said.
“Equally I need the car underneath me as well, but it was a good way to finish the season.”