George Russell had “no real concerns” to report over the significant upgrade package rolled out by Mercedes in Monaco and the Briton expects next week’s Spanish Grand Prix to better reflect the car’s progress.
While he had no complaints to make, Russell was not happy with his performance in Saturday’s qualifying, which he finished 8th, two places behind teammate Lewis Hamilton
The Mercedes Charger felt he left some results on the table after he “pushed for more” in Q3 and paid the price.
“Definitely more,” he said after Saturday’s shooting. “Q1 and Q2 looked quite promising, so close to Ferrari and Fernando (Alonso).
“I pushed for more and paid the price. In the end, I went slower than potential.
“I kicked myself a bit because of it. But I’d be just as disappointed if I only lost a tenth and didn’t try it a little more.
“(That’s) the price you pay sometimes, you can’t get it right every time. A bit disappointed now for sure.”
Like Hamilton, Russell has praised Mercedes’ new car and expects the W14’s upgrades to be more evident at the Circuit de Catalunya next weekend in Barcelona.
“This new update is definitely not scary,” he said. “Everything works as expected. No worries.
“We brought a lot to the car, the aerodynamic package, the new suspension and everything works as expected.
“I don’t see any reason why it won’t work as expected in Barcelona and I hope we can make a little leap.
“But I think Aston Martin has made some improvements as well, and of course the whole field is moving forward.”
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