After a quick look at the Formula 1 Sakhir Grand Prix FP1 timesheets from practice 1 you could only have the thought that things could not get any better for the young George Russell. He was sitting at the top of the lap times after replacing the 7-time world champion Lewis Hamilton this weekend.
Even though Russell’s was at the top of the fastest times for the session, the young 22-year old driver that was brought up to the varsity Mercedes team this week downplays his performance. Russell says he is still behind teammate Bottas on race qualifying pace and race pace.
Although Russell downplayed his performance in FP1, he then repeated the success in the FP2 sitting himself once again at the top of the grid while stepping in for the recovering Hamilton.
“I do think the lap times are a little bit deceiving at the moment and aren’t a true representation of our pace,” said Russell, who is yet to score his first F1 point.