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F1, Bahrain GP, ​​George Russell: “We will have monotonous races in the first half, behind Ferrari and Red Bull”

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George Russell was pleased with the final result achieved in Bahrain. Third and fourth place was a relatively positive start, considering what the team could do. The Briton knows that in this first phase of the season, Mercedes’ task will be complicated:

“Realistically we know we are the third team at this stage and more than that would be a brilliant result. We have to find more performance, we are optimistic that we know how to achieve it but when, I don’t know. It wasn’t very comfortable to do 60 laps with the swings but in the end third and fourth places are promising. We’d like improvements to come fast, but we know it takes time. We can’t try to put things in the car without understanding the root of the problem and we have to get it right. It will not be next weekend or the weekend after that we will find these solutions. In terms of overtaking, the sensations were good, I only passed Magnussen and the difference in pace was great. But it was relatively easy to keep up with the opponents, but the cars are heavier this year and Bahrain is a tricky track with tire degradation. The next track at Gidá might favor us a little more, but we know that we are still too far from the cars in front of us. I think it will be monotonous racing for us in the first half of the year, behind Ferrari and Red Bull and ahead of the rest of the teams.

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