Russell landed his maiden pole in Hungary and chased teammate Lewis Hamilton house for a 2-Three consequence, however solely after the mechanics had turned the automobiles “the wrong way up” following a lacklustre exhibiting throughout Friday apply.
Regardless of having the summer time break to analyse the info on the W13, that inconsistency carried over to final weekend’s Belgian GP, when Russell was solely eighth quickest in qualifying.
That was one spot behind Hamilton, who was eradicated in a first-lap crash with Fernando Alonso, earlier than Russell was helped by grid penalties on the best way to an eventual fourth.
Talking on the Thursday of the Dutch GP weekend, Russell affirmed that Mercedes nonetheless struggles to grasp what it takes to completely unlock the W13.
Russell stated: “It is undoubtedly been a little bit of a theme for us this season. We’re nonetheless but to completely perceive why now we have such an enormous swing, to be sincere.
“The swing might be much less in comparison with Purple Bull, however if you take a look at it in comparison with the midfield, we are sometimes being outqualified by an Alpine or a McLaren.
“I imply, even Alex [Albon, Williams] was very near outqualifying us final week. However within the race, we confirmed some actually sturdy tempo.”
Russell rued a misplaced podium at Spa behind Carlos Sainz, and with the advantage of hindsight would have performed issues “barely in another way”.
George Russell, Mercedes W13
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He continued: “I used to be fairly disenchanted not to have the ability to get third place. Had I performed issues barely in another way, it will have been potential.
“However we simply want to beat our single lap struggles. On my final stint I went out fairly arduous and doubtless did not have any juice left within the tank with the tyres once I caught as much as Carlos.
“We had sufficient tempo to perhaps handle the tyres barely extra, perhaps get to him a lap or two later. However I feel we have nonetheless received to be comparatively proud of how the Sunday panned out.
“However we simply do perceive the place all that efficiency went on Friday and Saturday.”
Hamilton certified 1.8s adrift of eventual Spa victor Max Verstappen whereas Russell was an extra three tenths in arrears.
Requested the place the main deficit was coming from, Russell lamented a scarcity of general downforce.
He defined: “World efficiency is one factor. As soon as we get to Sunday, and issues are a bit extra even, we see that we’re nonetheless on common three or 4 tenths behind Purple Bull and we have to discover some extra international downforce and perhaps make our automotive a bit extra environment friendly so we’re not shedding a lot time on the straights.
“However as we stated, we’re on the again foot this season after we’re qualifying on the backside half of Q3 or generally not even in Q3 and it places us in a really tough place.
“Tyres have been a delicate level for a lot of groups for thus lengthy. We simply must discover a strategy to get probably the most out of it on that single lap.”