Russell blames mysterious dealing with concern for Q2 exit in Singapore

Russell struggled on the difficult damp monitor all through the primary two qualifying classes with a Mercedes that felt prefer it was pushing on when he braked for corners.

He skilled an analogous phenomenon on Friday, when he went straight on on the identical nook in each the FP1 and FP2 classes, and nosed into the barrier.

“I had a recurring concern that we confronted in FP1 the place I form of felt each time I obtained to the nook, I used to be form of like selecting up the throttle,” he mentioned when requested by what had gone mistaken.

“And the automotive was simply completely pushing on. I feel we see this concern on the info. However it obtained progressively worse as qualifying continued.

“So I could not get round any of the low-speed corners. It was actually like somebody was attempting to push me from behind. In order that was an actual disgrace.”

Requested if the group knew what the trigger was he mentioned: “I do not know, to be sincere. As I jumped out of the automotive, my engineer mentioned we see one thing on the info.

“However it was there from the very first lap in qualifying, however it simply obtained progressively worse. So yeah, actually irritating contemplating how fast the automotive has been round right here, and the way fast our race tempo was.”

Russell was adamant not a throttle concern, or a case of him inadvertently touching the pedal.

“No, it wasn’t something to do with the throttle,” he mentioned. “That was the sensation, as if I used to be selecting up the throttle into the nook.

George Russell, Mercedes W13

George Russell, Mercedes W13

Photograph by: Lionel Ng / Motorsport Photographs

“Braking, it was form of like I used to be selecting up the throttle earlier than the apex, and washing out. I do not know what the difficulty is, however we had been nowhere.”

Requested if the issue was the reason for his two incidents in apply, he added: “Properly, I do not know. They each felt very odd to me. I do not need to level blame someplace else.

“However it’s one thing that I’ve by no means, ever seen earlier than, and by no means felt earlier than. And it was clearly there in FP1 in my view. And as quickly as I went out in qualifying one thing wasn’t proper.

“The grip was feeling actually sturdy, each time I obtained to a nook, I simply fully let go of the brake. And I used to be simply going straight on in every single place. I simply could not make it spherical any corners.”

Russell admitted that the issue was particularly irritating as Mercedes has at all times seen Singapore as one in all its stronger tracks, as evidenced by Lewis Hamilton’s kind in qualifying.

“No matter how the efficiency is you by no means need to be beginning P11 in a Grand Prix whenever you’ve obtained the automotive to be combating for victory. There’s been a security automotive each single time we have been right here.

“It is hopefully going to be a few pitstops as we have to try to do one thing completely different to our rivals. However it will not be a simple race.”

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