Sunday’s race in Canada was the host of seeing a more confident driver and a better performance from the car itself. George Russell is finding his way to getting in sync and finding that sweet spot in which his driving style matches the way the car is and taking full advantage to get better results.
The Brit confessed that he and the team were not worrying too much, on the contrary they were confident that there could be an excellent end result for the team.
Starting P8 - after his gamble to put on dry tyres at the end of Q3 didn't pay off - Russell worked his way through to P4 as he comfortably overtook Alonso, Ocon, Magnussen and Schumacher. Perez's early DNF and Leclerc's struggles to come through the pack allowed him to finish there.
“I had total confidence we’d have been able to carve our way past the Haases and the Alpines. We were certainly concerned that Leclerc and Checo would be able to come through and we were fortunate enough to keep them behind us. Ultimately our race pace was closer to Ferrari and Red Bull than we’ve seen all season, but we’ve had performance issues and they haven’t,” said George.
“Everything is easier in hindsight, and I probably would have liked to have pitted under the first VSC but at the end of the day, I don’t think it would have changed my finishing result.
"The pace was really strong in the first stint, on the second stint it was strong, and the final stint after the restart, I don’t know why but I just couldn’t get my tyres working. So that was a bit of a shame, to drop back slightly and not be in the fight.
"Nevertheless, P4, good points for the Team and it’s great to be back on the podium as Mercedes."