Having his dream of a first point with Williams battered by the wind at Portimao, George Russell was not surprised by his troubles on Sunday.

Russell qualified an impressive P11 for Sunday’s Portuguese Grand Prix and held onto the position through the opening lap before the Safety Car came out for Kimi Raikkonen’s crash.

However, he wasn’t as fortunate at the restart, dropping positions almost immediately to fall back to P15.

It proved to be a long slog for the Williams driver who eventually crossed the line in 16th place, a lap down on race winner Lewis Hamilton.

“Incredibly tough, probably one of the toughest races I have had since 2019 when the car was so far off,” Russell told Sky Sports F1.

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