GEORGE Russell savoured a special weekend on the way to delivering Williams’ best result of the Formula 1 season.

The 21-year-old finished 14th at Silverstone, in what was his first taste of the British Grand Prix.

While the team at Grove are still waiting for their first point of the season, Russell relished the experience of driving on home soil.

He said: “I felt that we got the most out of the car.

“It was great fun out there, driving flat out every single lap around a circuit as cool as this was a special feeling.

“Even before the race, seeing all the fans supporting us Brits was amazing.

“We are still pushing, and hopefully at the next race we will be a bit quicker.”

Teammate Robert Kubica, who finished two places lower, was less upbeat.

“It was a challenging race,” he said.

“Unfortunately, the problems were similar to qualifying, making the car feel different from one lap to the next.

“Overall, not a bad weekend, but we need to resolve the ongoing problems.”

Renault had two cars in the points for only the second time this season, but there was still a feeling of what might have been.

While Daniel Ricciardo came home seventh, a badly-timed safety car period allowed Carlos Sainz to pinch sixth place.

The Australian said: “It was unlucky on our part but we hunted him down towards the end but couldn’t mount a real attack to get past.

“Our single-lap and race pace has certainly been a solid turnaround in a short period of time.

“Looking back to two weeks ago, we’d have taken this result.”

Nico Hulkenberg, who was tenth, said: “It was just one of those Sundays where all the setbacks added up and cost us.

“It’s positive to have both cars back in the points, but we’ll regroup and review a few things to put ourselves in a better position for the next race.”

Banbury’s Haas had a nightmare race, with both drivers retiring by the ninth lap.

Romain Grosjean picked up a puncture, which caused so much damage he had to withdraw.

He said: “It’s a real shame.

“My car felt really good on the way to the grid, I was encouraged by those laps, and was hoping for a good race.”

Kevin Magnussen added: “I think we’ve learned some things this weekend about the car, with the experiments we’ve tried.”