George Russell says Mercedes is “equal second with McLaren”

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After going from P18 to P6 at the Hungarian Grand Prix, George Russell said the result was “beyond expectations”, and he compares Mercedes and McLaren.

Although George Russell was very unlucky in Hungarian Grand Prix Qualifying, where he got eliminated in Q1, in Sunday’s race he put in a brilliant performance.

The young Briton managed to go from P18 to P5, and afterwards he was obviously very happy.

“P6 was beyond expectations,” Russell told Sky Sports F1.

“The strategists were quoting P11 before the race and P7 if we maximised everything. Here we are in P6 ahead of both Ferraris, who started 12 positions ahead of us.”

George then discussed the W14’s performance in the race.

“The car was really quick. This place is one of my favourite circuits, one of my best circuits, and as a team we generally go really well around here.

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“It’s no surprise how quick we are today. It’s disappointing because I believe we could have been right up there with Lewis yesterday.

“As as team if we have two cars on the front two rows, the dynamic changes totally. A small opportunity missed but I think we pulled points on P2 in the championship, so we will take it.”

Asked whether McLaren or Mercedes have the second best car right now, George said:

“McLaren maybe seem one small step ahead, probably more so on Lando’s side. Lando’s done a great job. But I’ve also been impressed with Oscar this year.

“He hasn’t really put a foot wrong and as a rookie that’s impressive. He will get there to Lando’s level at some point. When that’s the case, they will be a real threat.

“I think we have enough legs so far to hold them off until the end of the season. I would say we are equal second with McLaren,” he concluded.

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