George Russell believes that tyre administration points are the rationale Mercedes usually wrestle to compete with Crimson Bull and Ferrari in qualifying.
In a turbulent season for the reigning Constructors’ Champions, Mercedes have elevated their competitiveness versus Crimson Bull and Ferrari within the second half of the season.
They’ve sometimes been outdoors challengers for race wins, and ceaselessly claimed podium finishes.
Regardless of this, they’ve usually struggled to compete with the highest two groups on ‘qualifying’ tempo, and normally must combat again within the race.
Russell took his first Pole Place – and Mercedes’ first of the season – on the Hungarian GP, however this has been an outlier in a below-par season for the crew.
When requested if Mercedes knew the explanations behind their qualifying deficit, Russell believed it to be right down to their have to aggressively carry the tyres as much as temperature.
“That is one thing that we, after 15 races, are nonetheless attempting to understand,” Russell advised media, together with RacingNews365.
“There is no doubt that we’re excellent on the tyre temperature administration, and that in all probability performs towards us in qualifying.
“I feel these midfield vehicles, which probably induce extra temperature into the tyres naturally, can afford to go slower on their out laps, harm the tyres much less, they usually may need much more efficiency for a single lap.
“The place you see with us fairly constantly, our out laps must be so quick in qualifying to get the temperature, then we’re damaging the floor of the tyre. And that is in all probability why we’re on the again foot in qualifying.
“However it’s only a idea. We do not have quite a lot of benefit to again up that argument simply but.”