George Russell admits that there are numerous reasons for different results from Williams on Saturdays and Sundays.

The Williams driver has made a name for himself thanks to his impressive qualifying performances, especially this season with Q3 appearances. However, Williams finds it difficult to convert a good result on Saturday into a good result on Sunday. The young Briton confirms that a lot of circumstances make the difference between these two sessions.

“There is a big difference between qualifying and the race. The cars react very differently,” he told Auto Motor und Sport.

“In qualifying, the tires are brand new and at the lower end of the temperature scale. You can be aggressive. The temperature rises on the flying lap but never gets threateningly high.

“In the race it’s different. The tank is full, you follow other cars, you slide around. The temperatures are at the limit. That’s why the top cars always pull away. It’s nice to drive in clean air. Everything becomes easier.”

Russell also gives an example of midfield teams, which manage to qualify in the top positions, but fail to stay there in the race.

“Just look at the midfield drivers. If they had a great qualifying and start in the top four, they always fall behind in the race. At the end, they are 30 seconds behind Red Bull and Mercedes,” he added.

“It’s the same for us when we rank high up. We fall backwards from the midfield. At the end, we are 30 seconds behind the midfield group. In the race, the rich get richer and the poor get poorer.”

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