George Russell admitted the Mercedes-AMG Petronas System One Crew will not be the place they wish to be at this stage of the Canadian Grand Prix weekend, with the Briton ending seventh quickest on Friday afternoon on the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.
Russell, who has completed inside the highest 5 in every of the primary eight races of the 2022 FIA System 1 World Championship season, says the W13 has been fairly exhausting to drive to date this weekend, with the stiffness of the automobile hindering each himself and his team-mate Lewis Hamilton as they’re unable to assault the kerbs as a lot as they want to.
After operating a distinct set-up to Hamilton, Russell hopes they will between them and the engineers discover a resolution to their issues to allow them to be within the combat to be on the entrance of the midfield in Saturday’s Qualifying session.
“It’s enjoyable to drive round this circuit, it’s old-school and really difficult, with the vehicles bumping over the kerbs,” mentioned Russell. “Our efficiency wasn’t the place we needed it to be, we’re fairly a means off the tempo to the entrance two groups and there’s additionally a few guys – Fernando [Alonso] and Seb [Vettel] – who look very robust, so we’ve bought work to do.
“It’s nonetheless very bumpy on the market, the stiffness of those vehicles is fairly brutal. We are able to’t run the kerbs as a lot as we used to, we bought the automobile as tender as we are able to however there’s one thing about this iteration of vehicles stopping us actually doing that.
“In FP2, that was most likely the largest deviation in arrange between Lewis and I, we went in fully totally different instructions, so we’ll have the ability to discover a glad medium between the 2 in a single day.
“We have to qualify forward of the mid-field, we now have a robust race automobile which might be the third-quickest but when we enable one or two vehicles in entrance of us, that would make issues tough.”
“It’s the worst I’ve felt any automobile right here” – Lewis Hamilton
Crew-mate Hamilton says his operating on Friday was the worst he’s had on the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve throughout his profession, and he hopes Mercedes can discover a resolution to his issues in a single day forward of Saturday’s closing follow session.
Hamilton was operating with experimental set-ups however felt the automobile was undriveable at occasions, that means he was not setting the sort of lap occasions he hoped to throughout both Friday session.
He ended eighth quickest within the first session however solely thirteenth within the second, and he admits it was a battle for him to assault with a automobile that was not giving him any constructive emotions.
“It was just about like each Friday, experimenting with a lot of issues,” mentioned Hamilton. “We tried a brand new flooring on my automobile this morning which didn’t actually work and it appears quite a lot of issues we strive on this automobile battle to work.
“We experimented with very totally different set ups on the 2 vehicles in FP2 simply to try to see if a method works and a method doesn’t. No matter we do on this automobile to enhance it simply makes it extra sad however we now have to maintain working, it’s what it’s.
“One contact of the kerbs right here and the automobile goes flying, it’s so stiff and right here in Montreal, you actually need to trip the kerbs. It’s not the Montreal that I’m used to and that I’ve pushed all through my profession, it’s the worst I’ve felt any automobile right here so I’m hoping we make some stable progress in a single day.
“You might be placing on a momentous combat simply to maintain it out of the wall, you’re catching a automobile that’s leaping, it undoubtedly retains you on edge – we raised the automobile but it surely didn’t make any actual distinction.”