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George Russell

Russell reveals McLaren fears after Silverstone shock

Lando Norris and Oscar Piastri impressed as McLaren took a huge step forward at the British Grand Prix.

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George Russell has suggested there is "no reason" why McLaren cannot continue its stunning British Grand Prix form for the rest of the F1 season.

The Woking-based outfit found impressive improvement from its MCL60 package after introducing a major upgrade to Lando Norris' car at the Austrian Grand Prix.

That form was confirmed when teammate Oscar Piastri was handed the same package, with the duo qualifying second and third on the grid at Silverstone.

The Australian rookie was only denied a maiden podium in the sport by an ill-timed Safety Car, though Norris was able to defend from Lewis Hamilton's late onslaught to secure the runner-up spot behind championship leader Max Verstappen's Red Bull.

McLaren has been hesitant to believe it is back in the fight for podiums regularly after the performance, but Russell believes the last two races prove it has scope to remain up top.

Quite surprising

"I see no reason why they shouldn't be up there now," Russell told media, including RacingNews365.com, when asked if he expected McLaren to remain a rival for the remainder of the season.

"We've come from the Red Bull Ring, which is a very different circuit to Silverstone and they were a small step ahead of us on both occasions.

"I don't know how they have found this much performance, it's been quite surprising.

"We don't tend to focus too much on our competitors, we just need to keep focusing on ourselves.

"Yes, it gives me inspiration that it can be possible but we need to try and turn it up and we need to find it pretty quick."

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