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Formula 1: George Russell has theory behind Mercedes' qualifying issues

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George Russell has put forward a theory as to why Mercedes seem to struggle in qualifying compared to the race in terms of pace.

The Silver Arrows, by their high standards, have had a pretty tough season with them still yet to win a race and having only achieved one pole position all campaign, which came via Russell at the Hungarian Grand Prix before the summer break.

Indeed, Russell has shown this season that he is a driver that absolutely belongs at a top team like Mercedes, with strong pace across many weekends and a level of consistency of extracting the most out of the package available that very few drivers can stand up to this year comparatively.

It’s been a campaign with some positives for Russell, then, even if not perhaps to the very highest level that he would have hoped for when arriving, with the Mercedes W13 proving an unpredictable beast at times. READ MORE: F1 2023 CALENDAR CONFIRMED One thing that appears to have been consistent through the year, though, is that the car has been more competitive during the race on Sunday than over one lap on Saturday, and George has put forward a theory behind that: “It is something we are still trying to comprehend,” said Russell. “There’s no doubt we are very good at tyre temperature management and that probably plays against us. “In qualifying, I think those midfield cars, which potentially induce more temperature into the tyres, naturally can afford to go slower on the out laps, damage the tyre less and then they have even more performance for a single lap. “Whereas you see with us, pretty consistently our out laps have to be so fast in qualifying to get the temperature, that we are damaging the surface of the tyre. “That’s probably why we’re on the back foot in

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