Russell: “We didn’t expect this!”

Big surprise this Saturday in Melbourne qualifying with both Mercedes drivers in the top three at the end of the session, ahead of the Aston Martins and Ferraris.

Second on the grid for Sunday’s Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne, George Russell admits that neither he nor Mercedes expected such a performance this weekend.


Since the start of the season, the Mercedes team has lagged behind Red Bull and Aston Martin in terms of performance, but in Saturday’s qualifying session in Melbourne, the two Mercedes drivers finished ahead of the Aston Martins and Ferraris.


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George Russell finished second, while team-mate Lewis Hamilton will start this Sunday just behind him in third.

“We didn’t expect this, that’s for sure. There’s been a lot of hard work at the factory and here in Melbourne, and what a session!” said George Russell after the Australian Grand Prix qualifying session.

“The car felt alive. My lap at the end, I was on the limit to be honest, and I’m even a little disappointed that I didn’t get pole.”



“That’s the beauty [of F1], your expectations change so quickly in this sport. We would have been happy with a top four or top five yesterday. But the car was just great, and there’s still potential to come.”

“Maybe it’s due to the time difference [with Europe], maybe that’s why we do things well. But we have to learn when we have good days and bad days.”

“It’s going to be exciting tomorrow [in the race], it’s going to be tough against Max, but I’m so happy to finish P2.”

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Australian Grand Prix qualification

Driver Team
Max Verstappen Red Bull
George Russell Mercedes
Lewis Hamilton Mercedes
Fernando Alonso Aston Martin
Carlos Sainz Ferrari
Lance Stroll Aston Martin
Charles Leclerc Ferrari
Alex Albon Williams
Pierre Gasly Alpine
Nico Hülkenberg Haas
Esteban Ocon Alpine
Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri
Lando Norris McLaren
Kevin Magnussen Haas
Nyck de Vries AlphaTauri
Oscar Piastri McLaren
Guanyu Zhou Alfa Romeo
Logan Sargeant Williams
Valtteri Bottas Alfa Romeo
Sergio Perez Red Bull



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