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George Russell

Russell bemused by Mercedes' slump: It doesn't make sense

George Russell will start the Miami Grand Prix outside the top 10 after struggling to tame his "inconsistent" Mercedes W13 during qualifying at the Miami International Autodrome.

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George Russell was left bemused by his lack of qualifying pace at the Miami Grand Prix as he admitted that his car felt "completely different" from previous sessions.

He will start the inaugural race at the Miami International Autodrome in P12 after he failed to graduate to Q3. His teammate, Lewis Hamilton, will start sixth.

Russell's qualifying problems were clear to see as he wrestled his car through his fastest lap. He was also suffering from porpoising, despite the problem having seemingly reduced significantly during practice.

"We're a bit confused, to be honest," he admitted, speaking to Sky Sports F1.

"My qualifying lap was slower than what I did yesterday in FP2, and the car felt completely different today. It was struggling with porpoising and I couldn't attack any of the corners, really.

"It's a real shame because I think there was potential in there and we saw yesterday that we're really quick, and it's just massively gone away from us today. I don't know what happened."

Mercedes' W13 is an "inconsistent" car

Russell has admitted that inconsistency has now joined the list of problems for the W13 which, despite being quickest in FP1 and FP2, was still well off the pace of the Red Bulls and Ferraris.

He continued: "I think it's been a bit inconsistent, to be honest.

"We thought we went pretty conservative with the set-up to make sure we avoided any porpoising, but it seemed just as bad, as we saw this morning in FP3.

"It's not really making a lot of sense at the moment. When we get in a window it's fast, but [it's] just a bit disappointing in myself, for the team. The potential was there."

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