British former motorsports racing driver and current F1 journalist Martin Brundle finds it to be a huge place of concern that newly recruited Mercedes driver was the fastest driver on the grid on Friday in the practice sessions but still struggled to get the W13 up to speed.
Brundle ascribes Russell’s ability to fare better than his teammate 7-time world champion Lewis Hamilton after a disappointing outcome in the qualifying race, not just to luck alone but also other factors. “You make your own luck sometimes,” commented the F1 journalist. He emphasises that not only did Russell choose to sit tight for a safety car, but he also had to ensure that he managed to keep his tyres under grasp for an extended period of time.
Russell’s decision ended up working out well for him, but not very well for teammate Lewis Hamilton. “On his side of the garage there was indecision, rather than the usual masterly strategy we’ve become used to these past few years,” added Brundle.
“Mercedes have the best driver combination on the grid” :Martin Brundle
George Russell is the first driver to successfully complete Mercedes’ junior driver program.’ He then went on to replace Finnish driver Valtteri Bottas to become Lewis Hamilton’s teammate at Mercedes.
He claims Hamilton is experiencing difficulty because he has a “eager” Russell as a teammate, who Brundle asserts can deal with the situation effectively. Nevertheless, he believes that once the problem is managed, Mercedes will have the best driver duo in the form of Lewis Hamilton and George Russell.
“If the car was a match for Ferrari and Red Bull you could reasonably argue that Mercedes have the best driver combination on the grid,” Brundle deduced. The drivers will reassemble from 20 May-22 May for the Spanish Grand Prix at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.