Rookie Russell was 19th in 2nd practice on Friday, a few 1.7s off the automobile in 18th, also ahead only of team mate Robert Kubica.
However, Russell is optimistic about the potential of this package.
“It’s not perfect, but I wouldn’t say it was sense as bad as the laptimes look, really,” Russell stated.
“If you told me we were going to be five seconds away or anything I would believe the car would have been a ideal handful.
“We’ve clearly got our developments to come and fine to create, but I really actually don’t think we’re a million miles out best.”
He added:”Clearly we did not have the greatest of days using laptimes, saying the truth.
“We’re a significant long way off the rest of the moment, but we knew exactly what we’re set for. We knew what this weekend will be about, and we just have to build on that.”
“Last year that they fought so much with all the driveability of the car, the driveability is not overly bad, and the guys can only focus on putting more downforce on.”
Wondering if he expected to receive more out of the car encounter qualifying, he said:”We’re running at the exact identical type of degree as everyone else we’ll get our usual type of developments come Saturdayexactly the same as everybody else.
“I will be very shocked when we are eligible better compared to last row of the grid.
“Clearly it’s an wonderful adventure to go on the market and compete in first training for your own Grand Prix weekend, let’s say.
“But want to be competitive and you want to struggle, and now we are a long way off. It’s mixed feelings, really.”
Russell declared that Williams had to treat Australia as an evaluation session.
“I presume we understand what we’re set for this particular weekend. We know it’s likely to be extremely tough, and we need to look longer down the road , we almost have to use this weekend as a tiny test, try out several matters, and focus on improving the car.
“We could probably find two, three, four tenths on the setup, however when we’re a second 5 or anything we all are to the next guys, that is inadequate.
“Like I said, we know what we’re in for this race, probably the very first couple of races, and we all just need to focus on building on that and ensuring that come mid-season and towards the end of the season that we have something better”