Since securing 10th place at the Russian GP, Russell has finished the last five races in 15th, 14th, 16th, 13th and 17th positions.
He’s also struggled lately to match his early-season qualifying pace, having already been assured of at least Q2.
Despite failing to score in the last few races, Williams still looks set to beat Alfa Romeo in eighth place in the world championship, as he holds a 12-point advantage.
“I think everyone on the team is a bit frustrated right now,” he said of Autosport. “I think we have to go and figure out what has changed.
“I think we have some indications. We normally had tough Sundays, but we had some really good Saturdays to kind of compensate, and it’s easier to hang on to a position than to attack for a position given the pace of our car.
“But for some reason the pace wasn’t right on a Saturday either, so we have to make the most of it in those last two and make sure we seal this P8, because that’s the thing. main thing for us at the moment. “
George Russell, Williams
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Russell’s Qatar GP was compromised by a failure of the front left tire which resulted in a slow return to the pits and an additional pit stop. However, before that, he had been able to run as fast as he could.
“On this track it was incredibly impressive to see how hard you could push,” he said. “It was relatively smooth, which allowed the riders to really push hard.
“Probably in all of my experience in F1, it was the race where it was the highest tempo, if that makes sense, in terms of how hard you could push. obviously it didn’t work for us today.
“It’s quite surprising. The rears you could probably have gone back to in the UK. Porter was pretty much just the left front.
After qualifying, Russell made it clear that the team was struggling to get the tires to work in Qatar.
“The limitation we had was lighting the tires,” he said. “If you look throughout the practice, with each lap we got better. Even FP3, in the middle of the day, the sun was shining, and we improved our third time, which is unheard of especially in the races in the Middle East.
“In Q1 we did the fast slow fast streak and I improved both times in the second round. Q2, we kind of put everything on the table for this timed lap and we just couldn’t get the tires to work in the first two corners and that sets you up for the rest of the lap.
“So we have to understand why, because we generally excel in these conditions. “