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“You’d be pretty stupid to bet against it wouldn’t you?” said Russell. “He just needs to keep his nose clean in the first two laps and he’ll cruise to victory.
“We’ll be trying to finish ahead of Charles, that’ll be an exciting race, but today they qualified 1.4 seconds ahead so, perhaps it won’t be quite like Spa.”
Russell believes the key to the best possible result for him will be trying to do the quickest race possible and avoid the temptation to make strategic moves to keep other rivals behind. He believes that compromised their performances in the Dutch and Hungarian grands prix, where he suspects better results were available.
“The goal is definitely to win races, but I think having looked at the last race, having looked at Budapest, when we’ve sort of compromised our race to cover off a faster car it has ended up compromising the overall result,” he said.
“So perhaps we need to take a slightly different approach and just do the best race possible for ourselves and perhaps that’ll pay dividends later on. Realistically, we should be on the podium tomorrow, but I’d love to think we can fight the Ferrari.”
Having qualified over a second off the pace again today, Russell admitted Mercedes still don’t fully understand the W13’s variations in performance.
“We’ve got the best engineers in the business working day and night to try to understand why our performance is fluctuating so much,” he said. “We’re 15 races in and we still don’t have a good grasp as to why that is.
“Today’s a little bit disappointing. We are in no-man’s land on a Saturday in terms of performance because we’re obviously so far behind from the front two and a little bit ahead of the midfield. At least we’re in a fast race car.”
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8 comments on “Russell: ‘You’d be stupid to bet against Verstappen winning’ despite Leclerc’s pole”
10th September 2022, 20:17
Guess I’m stupid then. No way Verstappen beats Leclerc tomorrow. He’s too far back, Monza is a dangerous track for the midfield and overtaking is marginal. Nah.
10th September 2022, 21:12
A safetycar changes things and then you’ve also got the potential of a trademark Ferrari/Leclerc mistake….
10th September 2022, 21:22
With Ferrari’s form in race execution, it would be hard to bet on them actually taking that win home @hahostolze. Where is Verstappen starting actually? This site confirmed p7, while on F1TV they were thinking he would start 4th, that would make it quite reasonable to expect him to win actually.
11th September 2022, 1:16
He’s starting 7th but indeed I wouldn’t count him out, I’d say leclerc has good chances of winning a regular race, but verstappen should be up there to challenge him sooner or later.
some racing fan
10th September 2022, 20:46
Of course. Ferrari’s strategists and management are so incompetent that they will win Verstappen the race like they have almost the whole season.
11th September 2022, 0:08
with solid team work from Ferrari, Max could win the race
11th September 2022, 5:45
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