George Russell will be driving his first British Grand Prix for Mercedes on Sunday and can’t wait. The 24-year-old Englishman expects Silverstone, like Barcelona, to be a good fit for W13.
Mercedes has opted to bring a substantial upgrade package for the Grand Prix weekend in the UK. With this, the team had to take a step towards the top two teams, Ferrari and Red Bull Racing. The German formation drove in a kind of no man’s land. The top was too fast, but the team behind Mercedes was too slow again.
In conversation with Sky Sports F1 Russell explained how he will go into the weekend: “It gives us a lot of energy, home crowd. Silverstone is special for everyone, but especially for us.” The 24-year-old Briton revealed that Mercedes still has something for the Grand Prix. “We still have a few tricks, but we have to see if they really make us faster,” he explained. The Mercedes guy also points out that the dolphins, which the team has been suffering from all year, will probably be a lot less intense at Silverstone. “We had less problems with that at Barcelona. But the bottom of the car hit the track and then we hit it, something like that can happen here. But the performance was maybe okay, we came from far away, but maybe there was something more in it.”
Last week, the world of Formula 1 was rocked by Nelson Piquet’s remarks in an interview from November 2021. Russell, who is also director of the GPDA drivers’ union, explained that the Brazilian’s statement did not fall within the sport. “As racers, we have to use our platform to deal with this. Fortunately, these two do not represent the entire motorsport community,” he also included a statement from the former Red Bull Vips Junior Jury.
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