Formula 1 | Russell: Mercedes F1 is ‘faster on fuel than empty’

George Russell looked back on an intense first day at the French Grand Prix, where Mercedes F1 seemed a bit behind in pure performance. The British driver confirms this, but still sees hope in the team’s racing pace.

“It was very hot, I had a good cold shower to cool off after the EL2s” Russell said. “There are a lot of things to review. Our pace with a lot of fuel is better than on empty, so we have to make sure we optimize that tomorrow to avoid cars from the field getting in between.”

“We will then have to see how it goes on Sunday, but the Ferraris will be faster than us, and Max is fast, as usual, so we will have to see what to do.

Mercedes are making minor improvements to the Paul Ricard, and they seemed to work on day one of the French Grand Prix, according to Russell: “We have to study the data, but we think so.”

“Everyone improves their car and brings evolutions, so the whole grid is improving. Even if we find performance, the others do too, and sometimes it’s not easy to see in the rankings.

Russell does not yet have information on the behavior of the soft tires: “We’ve only been able to do five laps in a row because of an issue that has kept us in the garage, some teams are suffering more than others. It seemed to be ok on our side, but the pure pace is a bit low, so we’ll see.”

The Briton made a slightly aggressive passage on the curbs and hopes not to have damaged his single-seater, to be able to try to fight as well as possible… for victory?

“I don’t know what the extent of the damage was, the kerbs are quite brutal here. But it was good to get back to this circuit. We are a bit off the pace than we would have liked, but we will work on this. night, and never say never.”

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