No slipstream games are scheduled in qualifying

( – George Russell believes Mercedes is not going to use “harmful slipstream techniques” to qualify for the Italian Grand Prix, though Lewis Hamilton will obtain a grid penalty.

Lewis Hamilton throughout the second apply session in Italy



Hamilton will begin from final place on the grid at Monza on Sunday after his Mercedes group ordered him to modify to his fourth energy unit of the season.

While F1 guidelines imply that his ultimate place in opposition to fellow again rowers Carlos Sainz, Yuki Tsunoda and Valtteri Bottas will rely upon his qualifying time, it’s nonetheless not strictly essential for him to shut each tenth on the observe maximise.

That means Mercedes might resolve to sacrifice qualifying at occasions to present Russell a greater grid place – which may show essential in pushing him nearer to the entrance.

Russell on Slipstream: “High danger however excessive reward”

Although Russell was in a position to acquire just a few tenths with the assistance of Hamilton, he says the chance of messing up the slipstream sport means Mercedes are unlikely to take action.

“I imply, for those who do it proper, it positively works,” mentioned Russell, who set the fifth-fastest time in apply. “But there’s excessive danger and excessive reward, so it is not one thing we’re significantly eager on.”

“Over time we be taught loads concerning the automobile and the tires in qualifying. And that is the place we clearly had issues this yr. So I feel we’ll each have a standard qualifying session.”

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“George can select to exit first or second this weekend, so he’ll almost definitely select to go after me,” Hamilton mentioned. “So I’ll journey my regular program and he’ll get a slipstream.”

Both Russell and Hamilton felt that Mercedes had not been at their greatest to date at Monza after the group’s tempo slowed in the second apply session.

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Russell mentioned: “It was a little bit of a wierd day. FT1 regarded very robust however then Ferrari and Red Bull appeared to take a step in comparison with us. Or perhaps we took a step again as a result of we’re in FT2. Obviously had been manner behind McLaren, so we have to work a bit extra tonight to appreciate that.”

Hamilton, who was seventh in the afternoon, added: “We had been too gradual or they had been too quick. I’m going on the market and it does not really feel significantly quick.”

Russell: Ferrari has the higher hand with regards to vitality consumption

One of the principle elements holding Mercedes again was the truth that the ability unit’s vitality supply traits weren’t splendid for the lengthy straights of Monza, because the W13 ran out of energy very early on the straights.

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Russell believes this might show decisive, giving Ferrari a bonus in the combat for pole place: “We lack a little bit of vitality,” he explains.

“We’re just like Red Bull, however Ferrari appears to have the higher hand in phrases of vitality use. It would possibly make issues harder in a racing situation as a result of they’ve a bit extra room to play. But it will likely be one thing now we have to take care of. Be what you are.”

Wolff: “Verstappen in a league of his personal”

Team boss Toto Wolff doesn’t consider in a repeat of a powerful efficiency in Zandvoort after Friday’s coaching classes, however neither does he consider in a sweater like in Belgium per week in the past.

“I do not want for one more spa, but it surely will not be Zandvoort both,” Wolff mentioned. “We are so removed from the idea of our car, we are not environment friendly. You can see that with Verstappen, who’s in his personal league, Ferrari is a bit higher. But sure, our automobile doesn’t match. There.”

“We knew it might be troublesome with the engine. We noticed it. We did nicely in the primary free apply after which the stability of the automobile utterly bought away from us, full overheating of the rear tires and no efficiency.”

Mercedes chief race engineer Andrew Shovlin added: “The purpose stays to attain nicely with each drivers and the truth that we had the automobile in fine condition in the primary session provides us encouragement that we are able to carry it again in this window.”


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