GEORGE RUSSELL has claimed Mercedes can problem for podiums on the Spanish Grand Prix because the Silver Arrows take pleasure in a resurgence.
F1: Spanish Grand Prix preview
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George Russell believes Mercedes can problem Ferrari for the rostrum at Barcelona this afternoon. The Mercedes star will begin fourth, behind each Ferraris and the Crimson Bull of Max Verstappen.
The 24-year-old had set the quickest first sector on his final run however was unable to maintain the tempo of the vehicles forward via the remainder of the lap. Each Mercedes vehicles are so much nearer to the frontrunners this weekend and have constantly been the quickest group all through the primary a part of the lap.
However regardless of the group’s renewed optimism, Russell is not sure they can problem for wins. He mentioned: “I believe Max appears to be like a lot faster than the remainder however I believe we’ve received an actual shot in opposition to Ferrari, until they’ve discovered some beneficial properties in a single day.
“I believe we’ll be within the combine with them. So we’ll be going for it and attempt to combat for a podium.”
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George Russell has his eyes set on an F1 podium (Picture: Getty)
Russell’s grid place offers him a superb opportunity to take care of his report of top-five finishes this season. He’s to this point the one driver to complete within the prime 5 at each race this season after a superb begin to life at his new group.
His consistency has left the Mercedes rookie fourth within the factors standings, forward of team-mate Lewis Hamilton by 23 factors. Seven-time champion Hamilton additionally loved an uptick of tempo in Spain however was solely fast sufficient for sixth on the grid.
He has focused shifting forwards from his P6 begin as a result of group’s ‘respectable’ future tempo on Friday. He added: “We have made steps ahead this weekend and I am very happy with the group for all of the work they’ve executed.
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George Russell will begin from P4 (Picture: Getty)
“The automotive is now not bouncing on the straights, however we nonetheless have some within the corners, so we have to hold working.
“Total, it is a optimistic step to be in Q3 with each vehicles, and taking a look at George’s time, we’re getting nearer to the entrance.”
Mercedes group principal Toto Wolff mentioned: “P4 and P6 are in all probability the perfect positions we might have anticipated to fit into at present, given the challenges we now have confronted within the first 5 race weekends, and the progress we at the moment are beginning to make with the automotive.
“I consider we now have a race automotive greater than a qualifying automotive, so we are going to see how that goes tomorrow.”