Russell thinks “there’s a real opportunity” for Mercedes at US GP

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George Russell says he thinks “there’s going to be a lot of opportunities, lots of pit stops and a lot of unknowns” at the Unites States Grand Prix.

George Russell qualified in P6 for the United States Grand Prix, however, due to grid penalties for Charles Leclerc and Sergio Perez, he will be promoted to P4 in the race.

After the session, George was asked if he thought Mercedes’ qualifying session was representative.

“I’m not too sure, to be honest,” the Briton said.

“We obviously brought a couple of updates. I guess we all hoped for a little bit more, but when you take the season as an average, we probably qualified better than average.

“When you look at our gap to the midfield, as a percentage, the gap ahead to the gap behind, we’re probably the furthest away we’ve been from them since Zandvoort or Budapest.

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“[There are] some positives to take away from it, but we know Sunday is where it’s at, and I think there’s a real opportunity.

“It’s sort of rare that as a driver you go into the weekend more excited about the race than qualifying, because qualifying is where the car is alive and you’re going [at your] fastest.

“But [I’m] definitely really excited, because I think there’s going to be a lot of opportunities, lots of pit stops and a lot of unknowns.

“That’s good news for us,” Russell concluded.

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