George Russell says he hopes Red Bull will “put all of their focus on Max because that may leave them vulnerable”.
After a competitive performance at the Dutch Grand Prix Qualifying, George Russell thinks Mercedes is a serious contender in the race.
“I hope [Red Bull] put all of their focus on Max because that may leave them vulnerable,” the Briton told Sky Sports F1.
“I think Max is just going to clear off into the distance, we probably will have a faster car than Ferrari and Checo tomorrow.”
In his talk with the media afterwards, George revealed he is setting his sights on a podium finish.
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“It’s always pleasant to be in that mix. We’re still lacking probably a couple of tenths of base performance and obviously short track here so the gaps don’t look as big.
“I think as a team we will truly understand why we were so slow in Spa and why from the get go we show more promising performance this weekend. I see no reason why we can’t battle for podium.
“We just need to make sure we get a good start and not lose any positions to the midfield drivers and go from there,” Russell concluded.