George Russell believes Mercedes has amassed one of the best Fridays of the season so far after setting an early pace at the Mexico City Grand Prix, as the team looks to win for the first time in 2022.
missed FP1 Outgoing Mercedes reserve driver Nick de Vries Some more time on the track, Russell led the way on the 2022-spec soft tyres in second practice, with the Briton explaining that his W13 “runs well” and has a “good feeling” about Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez.
When asked about his expectations after the first day of training, Russell said, “I would like to think it’s definitely [a] Platform [that’s] at least possible. Probably one of our best Fridays of the year, if not.
“Between us [Russell and team mate Lewis Hamilton]We have 14 podiums [so far this season], so that is exactly what we are going for. But the lack of a normal FP2 running, where you can understand the long range, consecutive laps of your competitors, it will be hard to tell.
“We could soon have a lot of problems if the temperature was a little higher or a little colder, and we find ourselves having to manage everything on Sunday. Saturday and Sunday will definitely not be clear.”
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Hamilton, who finished the day in fourth, echoed Russell’s sentiments as the seven-time world champion appears to be one ahead of the second-place finish he achieved last time out in the US.
“I feel good…I feel really good. Overall I had a really good session today. I really enjoyed driving around the track. The car feels better and better because we work more through it, and we understand it more,” commented Hamilton.
“We did a tire test at the end [and] They were just introductory courses, such as practice, practice, practice, [so] I don’t know if we stand compared to the others, because everyone is on different shows. Obviously George was on a different program, because he missed the FP1 tournament, but I just focused on my program, and I feel good.”
Asked if he expected the car to improve as the weekend developed, Hamilton added: “I have no idea. You never know with this car. Tomorrow morning he could slap me in the face and not be happy, but I hope that’s not the case.” Of course, we’ll do a lot of work tonight to see if we can go a little further.”
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