George Russell the Mercedes F1 Driver, admitted after the Azerbaijan Grand Prix that Red Bull had the most advanced “Drag Reduction System” amongst current F1 Teams. Russell, the Mercedes driver from Brackley, was baffled by how Red Bull managed to create such a powerful system.
Russell’s outrageous statement, “We know the speed difference” was made in light of the RB19’s incredible performance this year. We believe that even if we removed the rear wing completely, Red Bull would be faster than us in the straights. This is not a joke. We don’t know what they are doing.”
Mercedes’ driver continued: “They have clearly done something unbelievable… Something very very trick. They deserve a lot of credit for their straight-line performance. We believe that even if we removed the rear wing completely, they would still be faster than us, especially with DRS. “Something’s not adding to our side.”
The young Briton made it clear that Red Bull’s RB19 was the car to beat this year, and Mercedes hasn’t yet been able figure out how the Milton Keynes-based team managed to turn its car into a deadly weapon. Russell is so confused by Mercedes’ DRS system, he even said that the Red Bulls could still beat them if Mercedes removed its entire rear wing.
George Russell on his choice of fights at the Azerbaijan GP
George Russell, who has said that Red Bull is in a class of its own for this year, was asked if he could’ve fought Max Vertappen a little harder during the Azerbaijan GP. He replied, “Yeah. Of course you can do better. Max was not my opponent in that position. He would have overtaken him at some point. You have to choose your battles and I chose mine at the restart. He didn’t do it at the start of the race .”
Through his comments, the 25-year old has let it be known that he couldn’t have done much to keep Verstappen in front of him during Grand Prix. He has also admitted that he had to fight the cars behind the leading pack. Russell finished his Baku Street Circuit adventures in P8, having started P11. Russell struggled to qualify on Friday – this was not a good weekend for him.
There are 19 races left on the 2023 F1 calendar. George Russell and Co. will be able dig deep and find a way to challenge Red Bull F1 at the upcoming Miami GP. Will the story be the same as it has been throughout the season?