George Russell: “We know we don’t have a car that’s 2 seconds off the pace”

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George Russell says Mercedes’ abysmal Belgian Grand Prix Qualifying pace “is a bit of a one off”, and the team “clearly just didn’t get it right today”.

Mercedes had a pretty hard time at the Belgian Grand Prix Qualifying, with George Russell 2.1 seconds behind Max Verstappe, who qualified in P1.

Although Verstappen will have to star from P15 due to an engine related grid penalty, Russell believes the Dutchman will win the race.

“I think Max is going to slice through and win the race probably pretty comfortably,” George said.

“I think he and Red Bull are just miles ahead of everyone. I don’t really know about Charles, to be honest.”

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As for Mercedes’ poor performance, the Briton believes it does not reflect the W13‘s true pace.

“I suppose we should be able to be ahead of Fernando [Alonso] and we’ll probably end up in no man’s land behind the front four and ahead of everyone else.

“We know we don’t have a car that’s two seconds off the pace, so we clearly just didn’t get it right today.

“This is a bit of a one off, but still it’s a bit of a tough pill to swallow when you put it on pole in the last race,” Russell concluded.

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