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George Russell

Russell's Mercedes W13 'doing a wheelie' on streets of Monaco

Despite finishing sixth in Monaco’s Free Practice 2, George Russell admitted that it was a tricky session, and expected the team to be working hard through the night to be best of the rest.

Russell Monaco
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Over the course of the Monaco Grand Prix weekend so far, George Russell has had the edge over his teammate, three-time Monaco winner Lewis Hamilton, but both drivers have complained about the circuit's bumpiness which seemed particularly Ill-suited to the W13's stiff chassis set-up.

Speaking to members of the media, including RacingNews365.com, Russell explained how difficult it was to drive the car on the limit.

"These cars are very, very stiff and around a bumpy street circuit, it's not easy to put the car up on the limit," he said.

"I think that's one of the biggest difficulties.

"I think we're seeing Ferrari flourish again, we've seen how good they've been over the kerbs like we saw in Imola.

"They were just smashing over them with relative ease and it's obviously playing into their hand at the moment. So we've got a lot of work to do overnight, I'm not too sure we can really close that gap.

"But nevertheless, it is always good fun driving around here."

Wheels are off the ground in some corners

Russell revealed that it almost feels like his car is "doing a wheelie" at different points of the circuit.

"You've got to give it a bit more respect than you would do ordinarily," he explained.

"Because the car is constantly just smashing against the floor. We've seen a lot of that this year but this is a very different philosophy and reasoning.

“There are sections where both tyres are off the ground – [at] Turn 5, the front right is up in the air and it's so stiff that even the front left is popping up off the ground as well. It's almost like it did a wheelie with the front wheels off the ground.

"I don't know what more we can do to the car, we've done everything we can to try and make it a bit easier for us and to give us a bit more confidence.

"But you know, the guys and girls are going to work hard overnight and see what we can do for tomorrow."

Russell aiming to be best of the rest

Russell went on to explain that he's hopeful of being able to slot in as the third-best team, but admitted there's a steep challenge ahead in the form of McLaren.

"Generally speaking, yeah, I don't feel too bad after today," Russell said at the conclusion of Friday's track time.

"It was a relatively good day. But we're not where we want to be as P6 with McLaren in front of us.

"We want to be best of the rest. I think that's going to be a fair result this weekend, in the sense of behind Ferrari and Red Bull but we need to make sure that we don't have cheeky Lando [Norris] popping in there."

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