George Russell says Mercedes had a car “that was capable of winning”

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After the Singapore Grand Prix, George Russell said confidence has been restored at Mercedes, as they managed to ‘fix the car’.

After qualifying in P11, and being forced to start from the pit lane due to a power unit change, George Russell finished the Singapore Grand Prix in P14.

Despite this, the Briton says the day was positive for Mercedes.

“Firstly, confidence [has been] restored that we fixed the car today,” George said.

“Our normal pace was back, and we definitely had a car this weekend that was capable of winning. So that’s one thing ticked off, let’s say.

“It’s just a bit of a shame how this weekend has unfolded. We were very, very fast today. I think, had it not been for that incident with Mick [Schumacher], we would have finished inside the top 10, definitely.

“Not too sure what happened there, but it’s just the way Formula 1 goes sometimes. We’ve had such a great run of form and, as a team, I feel like we’ve been pretty flawless all season.

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“But obviously today, and all this weekend, [things have] gone against us.”

George was also the first driver to be put on dry tyres, which might have been a bit early, but later on in the race his pace drastically improved.

“I was asking to pit for a new set of Inters. In that situation, I trust the team, the team trust me. They thought it was time to go on slicks and try something.

“Obviously, at the time, it was totally the wrong decision, but it did pay dividends later down the line, because when we had that Safety Car at the restart.

“I overtook three cars in one lap, and was up to P11 before that incident with Mick. So it goes both ways, we had to try something.

“But I think we showed we are making a lot of progress, and that gives me optimism for the rest of the year,” Russell concluded.

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