Russell: 'Grid is much closer than we thought'


First practice at Zandvoort showed the closeness of the grid

The first training sessions before Formula 1's Dutch Grand Prix showed that the grid was quite close. The first 10 names were lined up in just 0.5 seconds.

George Russell finished 14th as he failed to attempt the fastest lap on soft dough, but he thinks they had a good day.

“It was nice to be back after a few weeks break,” the British pilot said. Coming to Zandvoort is also zamthe moment is so much fun. I feel good overall. Our race pace is solid and we have good potential for qualifying as well.” said.

“For soft dough, things didn't go quite as planned. Still, the pace of the race seemed strong. There were a few surprises. Williams looked really strong and they seem to be able to do even more. I don't know how they accomplished that."

Russell says he feels pretty good in the car after the updates.

“We know the car is pretty fast and there may be more coming from my side. All we have to do is get the soft tire into the right range and hit a good spot.”

When asked what he expected most from qualifying, he said, “Yes, I really don't know what the expectations are because the grid is so close. A lot can happen. There are certainly a few unknowns but last year we finished 6th in qualifying and we were fighting for victory. But we have to make sure we get a good result and we have to be in the top five at least. It will prepare us really well for Sunday because we are faster in the race.”