George Russell: “I came in with a fresh set of ideas”

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George Russell credits “a fresh set of ideas” for his Quali performance, but adds in the race “Max will be having his Sunday drive and waving to the crowd tomorrow”.

George Russell has put in a great performance in Dutch Grand Prix Qualifying, and managed to qualify in P3.

After the session he said the F1 summer break helped him get “a fresh set of ideas”.

“[It was a] really great session,” the Briton said.

“Quali was one of my strengths at the start of the year and it has been going a bit wrong recently.

“It was good to have that break and I came in with a fresh set of ideas, good reset and we are in a great place for tomorrow to fight for the podium.

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“The lap was OK. We always struggle when it’s very wet or it’s the crossover onto slicks and we have to get that temperature into the tyres.

“But we know the Saturday weakness is the strength on Sundays.”

However, he added he expects Max Verstappen to again disappear into the distance.

“It’s going to be an exciting race. I’m sure Max will be having his Sunday drive and waving to the crowd tomorrow, but hopefully we can have a good fight with Alex, Lando and all those guys.

“I am really happy for Williams and Alex. I said before the session I saw the guys on the pit wall very happy with their performance,” Russell concluded.

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