George Russell has a theory behind Mercedes’ qualifying problems

George Russell theorized why Mercedes struggled in qualifying compared to the race in terms of speed.

The Silver Arrows, to their high standards, have had a very difficult season with them yet to win a race and only take one place per season, which Russell came across at the Hungarian Grand Prix before the summer break.

Indeed, this season Russell has shown that he is a driver who fully belongs to a team as big as Mercedes, with a solid pace across many weekends and a level of consistency to extract the most out of the available package that very few drivers can contend with. relatively this year.

It was a campaign with some positives for Russell, then, even if not to the highest level he had hoped for on his arrival, as the Mercedes W13 proved to be an unpredictable beast at times.

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The Qualification Theory of George Russell

One thing that seems to have been consistent throughout the year, though, is that the car was more competitive during the race on Sunday than one lap on Saturday, and George put forward a theory behind it:

“It’s something we’re still trying to understand,” Russell said.

“There is no doubt that we are very good at managing the tire temperature and that probably plays against us.

“In qualifying, I think those midfield cars, which are likely to overheat the tires, can naturally withstand going slower in the outer laps, have less tire wear, and then have more performance in one lap.

“As you see with us, our outdoor laps have to be so quick to qualify for temp, that we damage the tread surface.

“Maybe that is why we were late in qualifying. But it is just a theory. We don’t have much merit to support that argument yet.”

Zandvoort, Netherlands – SEPTEMBER 4: Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain driving the (44) Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team W13 driving George Russell of Great Britain driving the (63) Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team W13 during the Formula 1 Grand Prix of the Netherlands at Circuit Zandvoort on the 4th September 2022 in Zandvoort, Netherlands. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

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The Belgian Grand Prix saw a notable example of Mercedes facing problems in qualifying, with Lewis Hamilton freaking out that he was about two seconds slower than the fastest man Max Verstappen in Red Bull, even though Spa was a good fit for the RB18.

This has been a year for Mercedes to learn a lot about their car and the areas they want to improve, then they won’t hold back against them in revenge next season.

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