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Russell reveals 'best shot' for finishing ahead of Red Bull

The Mercedes driver will start the Sprint Race from third on the grid, despite spinning out of qualifying.

George Russell believes the wet conditions could be the "best shot" for finishing ahead of Max Verstappen in the Brazilian Grand Prix. The Mercedes driver brought out the red flag after spinning into the gravel at Turn 4 with just eight minutes left on the clock. With the rain starting to come down it meant that Kevin Magnussen sealed Pole, with no driver attempting to improve in the increasingly wet conditions when the session restarted. Russell, who starts the Sprint Race from third on the grid, believes he had the pace to challenge for Pole. "Obviously [P3 is] not necessarily where we want to be, but a very good place to be starting for the Sprint race," he said after the session. "I think that's our best shot trying to finish ahead of Max and Red Bull is to have mixed conditions."

Russell broke headrest when he went off track

Russell says that the tricky conditions led to his spin off track, revealing that he broke the headrest due to the amount of bouncing the car did as it travelled across the gravel. He added: "We were one of the last cars to go out and it was such a unique experience because as the lap progressed the rain was falling harder and harder, and I got to the last corner and it was a lot wetter than the lap before. "I broke the headrest because my head was banging so much. I lost the rear, booted it to do a 360 and then got the rears in the gravel. "There should be no damage [to the car], I'm always a bit tentative when it's being put on the truck and there is a lot of gravel, but it should be ok."

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