George Russell reveals “best shot” to beat Red Bull in the sprint race

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After getting P3 in Sao Paulo Grand Prix Qualifying, George Russell says it’s “a very good place to be starting for the sprint race”.

George Russell managed to qualify in P3 in wet conditions at the Sao Paulo Grand Prix Qualifying, after he spun into the gravel at Turn 4, eight minutes before the end of the session.

This brought out the red flag, and once the session was started again, it started raining, and nobody could improve their times.

Afterwards, George revealed what he believes to be the best conditions to beat Red Bull in the sprint race tomorrow.

“Obviously [P3 is] not necessarily where we want to be, but a very good place to be starting for the sprint race,” Russell said.

“I think that’s our best shot trying to finish ahead of Max and Red Bull is to have mixed conditions.”

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George then explained what led to his spin.

“We were one of the last cars to go out and it was such a unique experience because as the lap progressed the rain was falling harder and harder, and I got to the last corner and it was a lot wetter than the lap before.

“I broke the headrest because my head was banging so much. I lost the rear, booted it to do a 360 and then got the rears in the gravel.

“There should be no damage, I’m always a bit tentative when its being put on the truck and there is a lot of gravel.

“But it should be ok,” the Briton concluded.

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