The one positive for Mercedes after their double Q2 exit at Imola

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Mercedes will enter Saturday's Dash race on the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix with each automobiles exterior the highest 10 following a very powerful qualifying session.

					The one positive for Mercedes after their double Q2 exit at Imola

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George Russell has taken a glimmer of hope from the truth that the Dash format will supply Mercedes an additional alternative to make up floor on the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix.

Russell and teammate Lewis Hamilton have been knocked out of the second qualifying part at Imola, marking the primary time since 2012 {that a} Mercedes has failed to achieve Q3.

Having progressed from Q1 with their last laps, Russell and Hamilton went on to put up early efforts in Q2, just for pink flags and growing rain to forestall any potential enhancements.

Russell pins his hopes on F1's Dash format

After Hamilton asserted that Mercedes “underperformed as a workforce” throughout qualifying, Russell provided his ideas on their difficult session.

“We have at all times struggled a little bit bit to get the temperature within the tyre and we’re at all times seemingly taking an even bigger bounce on the second lap,” stated Russell, who will begin the Dash in eleventh, two locations forward of Hamilton.

“We noticed it in Australia as properly. Once we in comparison with the Alpines and the McLarens, they have been a first-lap qualifier, and we needed to do it on the third lap and even the fifth lap.

“It was a little bit of a disgrace with how the pink flags panned out at present, but when there’s a weekend to not be the place we need to be, the Dash weekend is the one to do it.

“It is not excellent, however we have an opportunity to recuperate these positions for tomorrow.”

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Nonetheless, Russell shouldn’t be anticipating a simple cost by way of the sector, given the W13’s well-documented points.

First up is Saturday’s 21-lap Dash, which is able to set the grid for Sunday’s 63-lap Grand Prix.

Requested about his earlier suggestion that Mercedes ought to be barely extra aggressive in race trim, and whether or not that offers him hope, Russell stated: “I feel so, however it’ll be a bit difficult going into the race tomorrow.

“Normally, in these Dash races, not a lot occurs. It’s going to be attention-grabbing with these new automobiles if we are able to observe a bit nearer.

“However I do not assume there are sufficient laps, with sufficient [tyre] degradation, for us to take our benefit the place we’re usually stronger in comparison with our present rivals, which this weekend aren’t the highest two groups.

“Let’s examine what we are able to do. We have got Sunday as properly, and we are able to solely go up.”

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					The one positive for Mercedes after their double Q2 exit at Imola

					The one positive for Mercedes after their double Q2 exit at Imola

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