George Russell ‘best feeling’ at British GP banishes bad memories

The Briton starts on pole for Sunday's British GP hoping to avoid repeating mistakes he made in Montreal this season

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George Russell is confident he has learned from the errors of his ways ahead of the Formula 1 2024 British Grand Prix, as he prepares to start his home race from pole position.

Russell qualified ahead of his team-mate Lewis Hamilton to lock out the front row of the British GP for Mercedes, with McLaren’s Lando Norris making it a 1-2-3 of British drivers for the first time ever in qualifying at Silverstone.

The Briton won the previous race in Austria six days ago after Norris and Max Verstappen took each other out at the Red Bull Ring. He will be dreaming of only a third career victory from the front of the grid, and a jubilant Russell lauded his W15 car after securing his second pole of the season.

“This is definitely one of the best feelings I’ve ever had on a Saturday afternoon, the car was just insane,” Russell told the written press at Silverstone, including Total-Motorsport.com. “When we went out in Q3, it just really came alive and without doubt it’s one of the best feelings I’ve ever had driving this circuit.

George Russell at 2024 Austrian Grand Prix | Mercedes
George Russell starts the British GP on pole | Mercedes

“Crossing the line to my name P1, and then see we [himself and Hamilton] were both on the front row… we couldn’t have even dreamt of that after the first three or four races.”

Russell shrugs off bad memories and eyes British GP win

Russell did not appreciate being reminded of his mistakes the last time he started on pole at the Canadian GP in June. He was passed by Verstappen during the wet stint of the race as the interchangeable weather played a key role.

It could provide a tough challenge for the drivers and race strategists again at Silverstone with rain forecasted throughout the weekend. And when he was asked by a journalist if he fears a repeat of Montreal, Russell sarcastically thanked them for reminding him of his errors: “Yeah, thanks for that question!”

Russell continued: “We’re all racers, we’re pushing the limits. I said after Montreal, my sort of risk-reward dial was turned up to the max and that sort of played against me at certain points.

“Just remembering that the race is one race at the end [of the day]… it doesn’t matter what happens beforehand. That was a good learning for me. We still came away with the podium, but every single scenario is so different.

“Today, for example, in qualifying, it was raining in just three corners and the rest of the track was bone dry. But those two corners, three corners, people were going off the track. So it will be challenging.”

Joe Krishnan
Joe Krishnan is an NCTJ-qualified journalist who has worked for a number of media organisations, including the Daily Express, The Mirror, Evening Standard, The Independent and Bleacher Report. Joe has been following F1 since when he watched Mika Hakkinen clinch the 1999 drivers' championship, and his first taste of real-life racing action was watching David Coulthard spin off into the gravel at the British Grand Prix at Silverstone in 2001.
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