George Russell explains how he ‘caught Sergio Perez sleeping’

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At the French Grand Prix George Russell overtook Sergio Perez after the Virtual Safety Car period with a wonderfully timed restart. He explains how he did it.

In the final stages of the French Grand Prix, George Russell managed to overtake Sergio Perez immediately after the Virtual Safety Car period ended.

At the post-race press conference a journalist said Russell “made Checo look like he was sleeping”, and asked the Briton to take us through the move.

“It felt pretty straightforward to be honest,” Russell said.

“I just gunned it when the lights went green, and got the run on him and went around the outside at Turn 14. You sometimes have to try and pre-empt it a little bit.

“And I think when you’re on the race on your own, you’re just playing it safe and you’re leaving a little bit of margin. I just got a really nice run, timed it perfectly.

“I think he had to brake a little bit as maybe he was a bit too quick. So, with him braking, with myself accelerating, it just gave us that closing speed.


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“It was pretty sweet but those laps after weren’t easy.”

George then gave his view of how Mercedes has been progressing so far this season.

I think the gap to Max and Charles, they’re do an extremely good job, the two of them and we’ve still got a couple of tenths to find in race trim.

“We still need to understand what’s going on with our qualified performance but as a team, we feel like we’re making progress, we feel like we have a direction we can develop a car in now.

“And that’s something it took us probably a good eight or nine races to truly understand what makes this iteration of car go fast.

“So, I think we’re excited for the second half of the season,” Russell concluded.

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