Russell says Mercedes “can only go up” in the sprint and main race

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After the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix Qualifying, George Russell says “if there is a weekend to not be where we want to be, a sprint weekend is the one to do it”.

Mercedes had a disastrous Emilia Romagna Grand Prix Qualifying, with both George Russell and Lewis Hamilton getting eliminated in Q2.

After the session George said the team was hindered by numerous red flags.

“It was a bit of a shame with how the red flags panned out today,” the Briton said.

“But if there is a weekend to not be where we want to be, a sprint weekend is the one to do it. [It’s] not ideal, but we got a chance to recover these positions tomorrow.”


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While George is not sure how much Mercedes can do in the sprint race tomorrow, he is optimistic for the rest of the weekend.

“It’s going to be a bit tricky going into the race tomorrow. Usually in these sprint races, not so much happens. It’ll be interesting with these new cars if we can follow a bit closer.

“But I don’t think there’s enough laps with enough degradation for us to take our advantage where we’re generally stronger compared to our current rivals, which this weekend aren’t the top two teams.

“So let’s see what we can do. We’ve got Sunday as well. [We] can only go up,” Russell concluded.

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