Despite missing podium, Russell rates Mercedes faster than Ferrari


 George Russell believes Mercedes had a quicker car than Ferrari in race trim at the Belgian Grand Prix and was disappointed to miss out on the podium as a result.

Mercedes struggled during qualifying and only lined up fourth and fifth despite a number of power unit penalties, with Lewis Hamilton one place ahead of Russell. After contact with Fernando Alonso took Hamilton out of the race on the opening lap, Russell ran fourth behind the two Red Bulls and Carlos Sainz for much of Sunday afternoon, closing in rapidly on polesitter Sainz at times but ultimately falling just two seconds short.

“I don’t know what I thought, to be honest — it was clear it was very tricky as soon as we got going,” Russell said. “Everybody was struggling a little bit with the tires — it seems a bit of a theme in Formula 1 at the moment that it’s tires, tires, tires — but we definitely showed better race pace than we did qualifying pace.

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