Russell: Mercedes have a real shot against Ferrari

Russell once again outqualified Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton in Barcelona and will start Sunday's Spanish GP from fourth

-

Mercedes driver George Russell has hailed the improvement the team have shown at the 2022 Spanish GP and said they can realistically think about competing with Ferrari during the race.

Russell qualified fourth on the grid, behind polesitter Charles Leclerc, Red Bull’s Max Verstappen in second and hometown hero Carlos Sainz in third, and he also managed to beat his teammate Lewis Hamilton who was back in sixth.

Both drivers have said that their car, which has suffered from heavy porpoising on the straights all season which have hindered their performance, is significantly more driveable this weekend after it showed hints of improvement at the last race in Miami.

And Russell said despite issues in qualifying with getting their tyres into the right window, the team could begin to think about competing with the top teams once more.

“I think we’ve got a real shot against Ferrari. Unless they’re found to have gains overnight. I think we’d be in the middle of them [and Red Bull]. So we’ll be going for it and try and fight for a podium,” Russell told reporters.

“Tyres aside because racing tyres with maximum numbers will be the trickiest race of the season so far, even worse than Bahrain, in that regard. So we’ve got to put up and catch on tonight and try to find the best solution.”

Mercedes Race Pace

Russell echoed the sentiment of Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff that the team had better race pace than for the one-shot qualifying laps, and said despite issues with tyre temperatures it was their best performance of the season so far.

“So far this season, that was by far the best and most comfortable performance,” Wolff told Sky Sports F1.

“Obviously, it’s all based on results, and that was the best result we’ve had as a team all season. And I think that’s optimistic, because we didn’t have the tyres in the right window whatsoever.

“It was always quickest in Sector 1 and was always struggling in Sector 3, and we just couldn’t find that right balance, to be honest. So for the car is extremely fast this weekend, but I think we’ve got a better race car than we do qualifying car.

Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton in the pits during Spanish Grand Prix qualifying Pool via REUTERS/Manu Fernandez

“I’m really proud of the job everybody’s done back at the factory over these past couple of weeks and months, because I think we’ve now got a package that can be a foundation for us to build upon that support.”

John Smithhttps://total-motorsport.com
Editor at Total-Motorsport.com and all round Motorsport journalist specialising in Formula 1, IndyCar and Formula E.
- Advertisment -

LATEST NEWS

Charles Leclerc not happy as Ferrari star explains Lando Norris collision

0
Charles Leclerc was not happy with the pace of his Ferrari car after a below-par Saturday which began with...

Esteban Ocon declares he is F1’s ‘purest driver’ in new Alpine jibe

0
Esteban Ocon has boldly described himself as the "purest driver" in Formula 1 and aimed a subtle dig at...

George Russell outlines Mercedes strategy to winning 2024 Spanish GP

0
George Russell targets superior tyre degradation as the key for Mercedes to win the 2024 Spanish GP as the...

How Many Pole Positions Does Lando Norris Have?

0
Lando Norris, the talented British driver for McLaren in Formula 1, has secured two pole positions in his career...

Carlos Sainz explains worrying Ferrari revelation in Spanish GP qualifying

0
Carlos Sainz revealed he conceded the fight for pole position at the 2024 Spanish GP before it had even...

Lewis Hamilton reveals Mercedes issue that almost spelt disaster in Spanish GP qualifying

0
Lewis Hamilton explained a problem with his tyre blankets was to blame for his initial struggles in qualifying for...

F1 Spanish GP Starting Grid 2024

0
Lando Norris is first on the 2024 Spanish GP starting grid after an intense qualifying session, where he edged...

Can McLaren win 2024 Spanish GP? Lando Norris reveals the secret

0
Can Lando Norris and McLaren win the 2024 Spanish GP? That’s the question on everyone’s lips after they stunned...

Lando Norris stuns Verstappen to seal Spanish GP pole position

0
McLaren driver Lando Norris secured pole position for the Spanish Grand Prix 2024 after pipping Red Bull star Max...

F1 2024 Spanish GP – Qualifying Results

0
As the 2024 Spanish Grand Prix race weekend continues, Lando Norris of McLaren set the fastest time in the...
- Advertisment -
Exit mobile version