Ahead of the Dutch Grand Prix, George Russell says Mercedes has “reason to believe that it may be slightly better than Spa”.
Ahead of the Dutch Grand Prix, George Russell agreed with his team-mate Lewis Hamilton that Mercedes’ car should perform better at Zandvoort than it did at Spa.
“[Having better pace in the race than in qualifying has] definitely been a bit of a theme for us this season,” Russell said.
“We’re still yet to fully understand why we have such a big swing, to be honest.
“The swing is probably less compared to Red Bull but when you look at it compared to the midfield, we’re often being outqualified by an Alpine or a McLaren.
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“I was pretty disappointed not to get third position [in Belgium] because I thought had I done things slightly differently it would have been possible, but we just need to overcome our single lap struggles.
“It’s a shorter lap [at Zandvoort than at Spa], so I don’t think the gaps will be as big! I think, I’m sure Max and Red Bull are going to be in prime position and they’re going to be very competitive.
“We’ve got reason to believe that it may be slightly better than Spa, but I think Spa was also a circuit that brought out the worst in our car.
“So to be honest, we’re always going in with an open mind now,” the Briton concluded.