George Russell is encouraged by the first day at the Sakhir GP which is his first day for Mercedes during the F1 weekend, but despite the best times in the first two training sessions, he believes Valtteri Bottas is still faster.
Russell has so far lived up to high expectations and set the best times in the first two training sessions, and Bottas made a large number of mistakes and finished only 11th in the second training session due to the deleted time on the soft.
In the first practice, Bottas damaged the front of the floor over aggressive curbs in the new part of the track, which is why he 'inexplicably' blocked the wheels on the brakes for the first turn, and in the second practice, he tested the limits at the exit from the eighth turn and finished with the best time which would bring him to first place, two tenths ahead of Russell.
Russell thinks it will be much harder for him in the official race
Rusell does not seem to believe in his success and seems to think that his results will be much worse. Is that just part of Russell's tactics to take the pressure off himself? Or does he still believe what he says? However, he is aware that he has a lot of work to do and that it will not be easy at all, but if he drives like in training, he could get a great result.
“It was a good first day in W11, but I definitely have more work to do,” said Russell, who barely fit into Hamilton’s car. “The new track configuration is very different from the usual and not easy.
It will be very close in the qualifiers and we can probably expect a dramatic race. ” Russell is cautious and does not want to present himself as the best, and he believes that caution is key and that the competition is huge.
Rusell is aware that it will not be easy next to such big names, but now is the time to prove how much he is worth and for him to be one of the biggest “I don’t think my lap times show a true picture of speed.
I struggled with a lot of fuel in the second training session and that will be crucial on Sunday. ” “Red Bull drivers were fast on longer distances and Valtteri was the fastest in the second practice even though they erased his best time.
It will be close so we have to stay focused. ” "I still have a lot of work to do to feel comfortable in the car and with the settings, but it was an encouraging first day and I'm excited to be back in W11."