Russell: “When the tires warmed up we were quicker than the Ferraris”

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After the British Grand Prix FP2, George Russell says “there are some positive signs there, but there’s definitely room to improve”.

Although George Russell finished the British Grand Prix FP2 in a relatively low P8, compared to Lewis Hamilton’s P2, overall Mercedes had a very good Friday.

After the sessions, George said he wasn’t sure why his car was a bit slower in FP2.

“I’m not too sure to be honest, we need to look into it,” the Briton said.

“I struggled on the low fuel, much more compared to Lewis — he put in a really strong lap.

“The high fuel was definitely more promising, I think, compared to the McLaren who was on the hard — the same as us — we were a lot quicker and then by the end when the tires warmed up we were quicker than the Ferraris.


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“By the end they were degging off, [and] we were just improving lap after lap. There are some positive signs there, but there’s definitely room to improve for sure.

“We knew that through the corners in the high speed was going to be a bit of a challenge and that has turned out to be true.

“Through Copse and Maggotts and Becketts the car is bouncing around, so we need to try and understand that.

“But there was no porpoising down the straights, which is at least one positive sign.

“So as I said there are positives there, we just need to dial into it and really maximize it,” Russell concluded.

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