George Russell: “We’re definitely not going to close that gap”

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After a disappointing Azerbaijan Grand Prix FP2, George Russell says Red Bull and Ferrari “just have an inherently faster car” than Mercedes.

Mercedes Azerbaijan Grand Prix free practice was not what the team had hoped for. After the sessions, George Russell, who finished FP2 in P7, definitely didn’t seem too optimistic.

“Trying to make the car go faster [was Mercedes’ main goal in practice], to be honest,” the Briton said.

“It was a tricky day, we weren’t as competitive as we would have liked. Again, a tricky track to get the tyres in the right window.

“You see with a number of drivers, their fastest laps were coming right at the end of the run. Whereas Ferrari and Red Bull, they seemed to be able to turn it on.

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“At the moment, they just have an inherently faster car than us and we’ve done everything we can to try and catch up.

“I think if we’re totally on top of the tyres we’re not going to fully close that gap – or we’re definitely not going to close that gap, they’re just too far ahead.

“So that’s probably 50% of our issues – the rest is just the lack of performance we have at the moment,” Russell concluded.

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