George Russell: “Lewis and I went down a different set of routes”

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George Russell explains a different set-up ‘route’ was the reason for Lewis Hamilton’s poor Saudi Arabian Grand Prix Qualifying performance.

While George Russell managed to get P6 at the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix Qualifying, Lewis Hamilton struggled and only managed P16.

The young Briton explains that the reason for Hamilton’s poor performance was the set-up.

“We’re not here to be battling for P5 or P6,” Russell said.

“It was a very difficult day for the team, the car is on a knife-edge and getting it in the right window is so difficult.

“Lewis and I went down a different set of routes and clearly it didn’t work out. As a team, it’s a bit of a shame.

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“From a personal side, I would definitely have been pleased with P5, I was just half a tenth [of a second] away.

“But that’s just where we are at the moment. It’s tricky because we’re putting all of our effort into this porpoising issue, and it’s not allowing us to focus on other things.

“All of our emphasis is on solving this issue, and we’ve got work to do. The only way to run is to raise the car very high, and we lose all of the downforce.

“We know if we get the car on the ground, there’s a huge chunk of lap time there but we can’t achieve that at the moment,” Russell concluded.

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