George Russell says Williams must aim to overhaul rivals Haas and Alfa Romeo in 2021 if it is to move from the back of the field.
Williams proved a much more competitive package in 2020 as it made Q2 on several occasions, but the team ended the season without a point to its name.
Although it finished last in the constructors’ championship for the third year running, Williams found itself often on par or ahead of fellow backmarkers Haas and Alfa on pure pace.
With the arrival of Jost Capito as CEO and forming a closer relationship with engine suppliers Mercedes from 2022, Russell has every reason to believe Williams is heading in the right direction.
“I’m confident we can beat Haas next year,” Russell said, as quoted by Motorsport Week.
“I think we’ll be on a par with Alfa Romeo but I’d like to think we can jump them as well if you look at the progress we’ve been making.
“We want to be scoring points next year, we’re not suddenly going to be in the midfield fight because of the regulation stability.
“But definitely we have to be aiming to beat Haas and Alfa Romeo.”
Mercedes junior Russell enjoyed a one-off appearance for the Silver Arrows at the Sakhir Grand Prix last year, ending his 37-race run without scoring points since making his debut in 2019.
Having finished no higher than 11th for Williams, Russell acknowledged it was important to remain level-headed and continue to push Williams to greater heights this year.
“I think it’s continuing the form, continuing the positive attitude internally with the team and externally not getting frustrated with the poor performance here, and continue to try and push Williams further forward,” Russell said.
“Mercedes believe in me. They have given me the opportunity, they’ve always had my back, now it’s sort of my duty that I stay on the straight and narrow almost, and that I don’t… suddenly change over the course of next year.”