SportF1Russell: "We are faster than Ferrari in race pace"

Russell: "We are faster than Ferrari in race pace"

Eighth place in the second free practice session of the British Grand Prix has said a lot about George Russell’s day. The Mercedes driver worked hard to find optimum performance, after Mercedes showed up at Silverstone with promising upgrades to try and improve his W13 .

The local driver finished 857 thousandths off the best time on Friday, in the hands of Carlos Sainz’s Ferrari. The #63 seemed unable to find one-lap performance, while, as far as race pace was concerned, Russell ‘s Silver Arrow showed unexpected pace, in the same vein as Ferrari and Red Bull. 

“I had trouble with gas, compared to Lewis [Hamilton],” Russell said. “He did a really good lap. With a lot of fuel, my pace was very promising. Compared to McLaren, who had as much fuel as us, we were much quicker and in the end when the tires got hot we were better than the Ferraris.” explained the local pilot after concluding the day.

“We were getting better lap after lap, while they were getting worse. There are some positive signs, but we have room to improve,” Russell said.

Now, Mercedes must find the right balance to help George with the fuel issue, without distorting a W13 that looks strong from a racing point of view.

“We need to understand why our race pace is so much better than our qualifying lap. We’ve seen the McLarens very strong over one lap, but we can’t make the tires work over one lap. In the race, we’re in a good position. It’s about finding the balance. You can’t bet everything on Sunday. There are positive signs but, as I said, there is work to be done.”

“The Silverstone track is quite a different track to the others. We knew the high speed corners would be a challenge and it turned out to be true. Copse, Maggots and Becketts, on that stage the car bounces and we have to try to solve the problem. We have reduced porpoising on the straights and this is a positive sign,” concluded an optimistic Russell.

George Russell, Mercedes W13

George Russell, Mercedes W13

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