George Russell described how he felt in the Mercedes car

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George Russell described how he felt in the Mercedes car

George Russell says there was a “weird feeling” in the Mercedes after the British driver sat behind the wheel of the German team on post-season testing of 18-inch tires. The new Silver Arrows driver drove on both days of post-season testing on the Yas Marina track this week, driving a modified 2019 Mercedes W10 to test Pirelli’s 1822-inch tires for 2022.

This was Russell’s first run for Mercedes after replacing Lewis Hamilton at the 2020 Sakhir Grand Prix (Hamilton was positive on covid 19) when he was on his way to winning, but an incomprehensible mistake in Mercedes ’garage prevented him from doing so.

Mercedes announced in September that Russell would drive for the German team next year, while Valtteri Bottas signed a contract with Alfa Romeo. "It's a weird feeling because I've tested with the team several times after the races at the end of the season and here we are again," Russell said after his first day of testing in Abu Dhabi.

"But it is obvious that this is the first time that I am the official driver of the team. It was a really great day to come back with the guys (mechanics) and learn about new tires. " “It’s always a pleasant experience to drive a car that won the Championship: Mercedes (from) 2019 with 18-inch Pirelli (tires), which seem to react quite positively.

It was a beautiful day, "he added.

New tires

The teams were allowed to drive on modified cars on both days of testing in Abu Dhabi, giving them a chance to get acquainted with the new tires, which are part of a revision of technical regulations for 2022.

The new 18-inch tires are a significant change from the current 13-inch tires, with smaller sidewalls giving them different characteristics. "Honestly, it was pretty nice to drive," Russell added of the newspaper's 18-inch tires.

"Next year will be quite different, because the cars will change drastically compared to the current cars." “Despite this, they react quite differently compared to the 13-inch tires we’ve raced on before.

Let's hope that it will pass by next year and see how it will react to the new regulations. " Russell joked that he was “a little battered and bruised” after driving a modified 2019 car on Tuesday at the Yas Marina Bay track.

“It’s pretty cramped in that car, but next year will be a lot better and I’ll have a little more room to breathe. I'm looking forward to it, "concluded George Russell.