George Russell mentioned he was glad he risked working a set of sentimental tyres because the monitor dried within the closing levels of Q3, regardless of the crash with left him eighth on the grid.
The Mercedes driver was the one one of many 10 opponents in Q3 to danger altering to slick tyres. Group mate Lewis Hamilton instructed it to his staff, however was despatched out on intermediates. Fernando Alonso requested if any drivers had been working on slicks and was informed the Mercedes pair had been working on intermediates.
Nonetheless Russell had determined to change to slick tyres, having seen how rapidly the monitor had dried at earlier rounds.
“I used to be stunned in Monaco how rapidly it transitioned,” he mentioned. “I used to be stunned on different events how rapidly it transitioned.
“It simply takes half a dry line and all the things modifications. I believe half the monitor was completely dry. One other quarter of the monitor there was a small dry line after which the final quarter which was flip one and two, it was simply on its approach. It simply takes one nook. However on the finish of the day, we’re right here to combat for extra.”
Russell skidded off at flip two on his first full lap on the slicks and broken the rear of his automobile towards a barrier. He mentioned he was making an attempt to organize his lap for a last push on the finish of the session. “I realised it was going to be very tough however I assumed with a warm-up lap that final lap might have been the one.”
“I’m glad I went for it as a result of it might have paid off,” he added. “I need to combat for pole place. I’m not right here to accept P3, P4.
“I believe we had automobile immediately. I noticed the dry line showing and it solely takes one nook to allow you to down and for me that was flip one and two.”
Final yr Russell took a shock third on the grid for the Russian Grand Prix in comparable circumstances. “It occurred final yr in Sochi after I was one in all three drivers to go from inters to slicks and I certified P3 with a Williams,” he mentioned. “So it’s excessive danger, excessive reward. It didn’t repay immediately however the race is tomorrow.”
Nonetheless he admitted that looking back he would have been higher off pitting on the finish of his out-lap on slicks and switching again to intermediates. Nonetheless, after he broken his automobile “it was too late to return into the pits,” he mentioned.
“In hindsight I most likely ought to have pitted after the out lap again to inters and that will have given me one lap on the finish to go for it.”
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