George Russell after Monaco FP1&2: “We want to be best of the rest”

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After the Monaco Grand Prix FP1&2, George Russell says Mercedes needs to “make sure we don’t have cheeky little Lando popping it in there”.

Due to the bumps on the Monaco track, Mercedes has been experiencing increased bouncing during free practice 1 and 2. George Russell explains the experience.

“You’ve got to give [the car] a bit more respect than you would do ordinarily because it is just constantly smashing against the floor,” the Briton said.

“We’ve experienced a lot of that this year but this year is a very different philosophy and reasoning for the bouncing. There are sections where both the tyres are off the ground because of…

“Turn five you’ve the front-right up in the air, and it’s so stiff even the front-left is popping up off the ground as well. It’s almost like doing a wheelie, with no front wheels on the ground.

“It’s tricky. I don’t know what more we can do with the car. We’re doing everything we can to try and make it a bit easier for us to give us a bit more confidence.”

As far as predictions for Saturday go, George is not incredibly optimistic.

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“The stiffness of these cars are very, very stiff, and around a bumpy street circuit, it is not easy to put on the limit. That’s one of the biggest difficulties.

“But we’ve seen Ferrari flourish again. We’ve seen how good they’ve been over kerbs, we saw it at Imola, that they were just smashing over them with relative ease, and it’s obviously playing into their hands at the moment.

“We’ve got a lot of work to do overnight. I’m not too sure we can really close that gap. But nevertheless it’s always good fun to drive around here.

“I don’t feel too bad after today. I could be feeling better. It was a relatively good day but we are not where we want to be. It’s P6, with a McLaren in front of us. We want to be best of the rest.

“That’s a fair result this weekend, behind Ferrari and Red Bull but we need to make sure we don’t have cheeky little Lando popping it in there, too,” Russell concluded.

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