Mercedes finished fifth and sixth in Miami with George Russell and Lewis Hamilton, but is nowhere near the pace of Red Bull Racing and Ferrari. On Friday, the German marque showed strong form, but it faltered over the course of the weekend. Despite this, Russell continues to believe the car is a strong performer. “It’s there, we just have to try to get it out. We still don’t know why the car is so unpredictable,” said the young Briton. “Toto talks a lot about the ‘diva’, that’s an understatement.
Russell points out that it’s a mystery why the form deteriorated on Saturday and Sunday. “We’ve known for a while that it’s a fast car. Friday was really a runaway but we have no idea why. Of course Lewis outperformed me in qualifying but even with less fuel and more power his times were on Friday faster. All.” other riders improved by a second,” continues Russell. “My race pace on Friday was two tenths slower than Leclerc’s, in the race it was half a second to a second. I just do not know. We have to analyze further. Looking back, this weekend could be one of the toughest. It has become important.”
The Mercedes driver acknowledges that fifth and sixth is an excellent result for the team given the form of the top two teams. “We deserve it. We underperformed on several tracks, especially on Saturday. Then it got difficult for us on Sunday. We showed something promising this weekend, but we’re not there yet. We just need to compare Friday’s data with Saturday’s and Sunday’s.”