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Russell: The car at the moment feels so good

Russell: The car at the moment feels so good

Russell: The car at the moment feels so good

George Russell is relishing driving the much improved Mercedes W15 after taking pole for the 2024 British Grand Prix, his third in his Formula 1 career.

While McLaren and Lando Norris started the weekend in Britain as favorites, Mercedes and Russell turned the tables in qualifying locking out the front row for the grid of the British GP on Sunday, Russell on pole with Lewis Hamilton second and Norris third.

“What a feeling!” Russell trumpeted in Mercedes’ press release after qualifying in Silverstone. ” At the start of this year, we couldn’t have even dreamt of being on pole position at Silverstone.

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“Having three Brits in the top-three is absolutely mega too. The crowd has been incredible, and they give us all so much energy. Having myself, Lewis, and Lando [Norris] at the front of the grid just shows that!

“The car at the moment feels so good,” he added. “It came alive in Qualifying, and it was an absolute joy to drive around this amazing circuit. We are riding a wave at the moment, but our eyes are on tomorrow.”

However, Russell admitted his job is not complete, he said: “We’ve got a race to win, and we know that the McLaren of Lando will be pushing us incredibly hard.

“Max [Verstappen] will also be in the fight, but I am so excited right now. We can’t wait for the race tomorrow,” the Mercedes driver concluded.

Mercedes on a rollercoaster in recent months

As for Mercedes boss Toto Wolff, he commented: “That was a very good Saturday for the team. That is a front three for Mercedes-Benz power and three Brits at the front, which is special for the Silverstone crowd.

“That said, today doesn’t count for much. We need to do the job tomorrow and the McLaren of Lando Norris has looked incredibly quick. Keeping him behind will be a tough ask. The race tomorrow may be dictated by tyre degradation so we will have to be at our very best if we want to fight for victory.

“We’ve been on a rollercoaster in recent months, and it has been difficult at times,” the Austrian reflected. “Coming here to one of the temples of motorsport and locking out the front-row is a great reward for everyone at Brackley and Brixworth.

“So much work has been done in all areas to help get us into this position. We are not stopping here though. We have more developments to come, and everyone is continuing to push incredibly hard,” Wolff concluded.

This is the first time Mercedes lock out the front row in qualifying since the 2022 Sao Paulo Grand Prix, a race that was won by Russell, his first F1 career win.

Big Question: Can George Russell make it two wins in a row?