No regrets for Russell over slick gamble in Montreal quali, as Hamilton ‘overwhelmed’ by P4

George Russell believes that he had the chance to do “one thing extraordinary” in qualifying in Montreal, as he defended his stunning choice to modify from intermediate to slick tyres in Q3, which left him down in eighth place on the grid following a spin.

Russell made the choice to modify to a set of soppy tyres for his closing run in Q3, however with components of the observe nonetheless moist, he was unable to get temperature into his tyres and did not register a closing lap, after spinning into the barrier at Flip 2.

Whereas Russell admitted that he might have ended up as excessive as third had he stayed on the intermediate tyres, he backed his aggressive choice to attempt one thing totally different and shoot for pole.

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“I am not all actually,” mentioned Russell, when requested if he was upset with how qualifying had performed out. “Had I stayed on inters, I might have certified P3, P4, which okay just isn’t a nasty outcome. However in a situation like that, you’ve obtained the chance to perhaps do one thing extraordinary and go for pole.

“In Sochi final yr we did that with Williams and certified P3 and it doesn’t take loads for that simply to alter. So, glad I went for it, glad we tried it, clearly was not meant to be right this moment however that’s what you’ve obtained to do typically.”

Russell had no regrets after qualifying

Russell will now begin the race on the fourth row alongside the Alpine of Esteban Ocon. And whereas he believes Mercedes ought to have good tempo within the race, he says overtaking may very well be troublesome for his crew on Sunday.

“I believe it could be a bit of bit tough to overhaul as a result of we’re missing a little bit of straight-line velocity,” admitted Russell. “We’ve obtained good tempo in comparison with the groups round us, so hopefully we will do one thing on the technique to get forward of Haas and Ocon.”

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Russell’s crew mate Lewis Hamilton selected to remain out on the intermediate tyre for his final run and wound up in fourth – his highest qualifying place of the yr. And whereas he was grateful to begin so excessive, he mentioned it might have been higher.

Lewis Hamilton: ‘I did not even know I used to be preventing for prime positions’ in Montreal qualifying

“I didn’t even know I used to be preventing for the highest positions!” mentioned Hamilton. “I used to be simply giving it all the things, however I used to be on a constant strat mode, and our quickest strat mode that you should utilize.

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“Clearly, I obtained to apply it to the final lap, however my battery was a bit of bit low, tyres have been sizzling, so I didn’t get to go faster on the finish. However I’m nonetheless grateful for this place. That’s the perfect this yr, it’s a bit overwhelming on the finish afterwards like, oh my God, it is a step ahead for me.

“This can be a place that hopefully I’d have the ability to attempt to battle Fernando [Alonso, starting P2] perhaps tomorrow, who is aware of, however simply attempting to carry place is my objective.”

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