Formula 1’s new sprint qualifying format reduces the chances of action at the Grand Prix. George Russell believe.
Williams drivers said Saturday’s additional race at Silverstone gave drivers who performed worse than their rivals in qualifying the opportunity to climb the grid for Sunday’s Grand Prix.
Russell had mixed feelings about the revised format, which included a qualifying session on Friday afternoon.
“It was definitely fun to qualify on Friday,” he said. “I thought it would be fun just to take action immediately.
“But I think the sprint race will only benefit the guys who were in bad qualifying and, of course, only bring everyone back to their true pace. So, if anything, it makes Sunday more predictable. only.”
Russell started the sprint qualifying race from 8th on the grid and finished 9th.However, he was penalized for third place in a clash with Carlos Sainz Jnr, That meant he started the Grand Prix in 12th place. He finished the race in the same position and suspected that Williams would be competitive enough to finish in a higher position.
“The car behind us was 3, 4, 5, 6/10 faster than us,” he explained. “With such a paced advantage, it’s easy.
“They seemed to have better tires than us, so it’s going to be a race that always looks in the mirror and keeps these cars away, so I was taking P12 before the weekend. Probably, I think it’s a fair result. Perhaps it wasn’t worth the higher price.
“It seems like I’m always going backwards on Sunday. I don’t think I’m doing a bad job on Sunday. Somehow I did a great job in qualifying. It’s a bit tricky,” he said.
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