George Russell states that Mercedes’ results in Friday practices in Miami “mean nothing.”
Russell had a successful day at the Miami International Autodrome on Friday. He was 2nd in FP1 and 1st in FP2. However, the Briton admitted that it was still too early to celebrate.
“We don’t really understand why we’ve hit the ground running, to be honest,” he said.
“We always knew that this weekend the conditions should suit us better, as we’ve been struggling a lot with tire warm-up, even in Bahrain, but this is the first real hot race of the season.
“For sure, it’s going well, but we’re not getting carried away. Practice means nothing, [and] we go again tomorrow [on Saturday].”
At the same time, Russell revealed that porpoising did not disappear.
“We know that it will always be there, but maybe it’s working at a lower range compared to where we were previously.
“But yeah, for sure, in that high fuel run, I was feeling it, and it didn’t seem to be any better. But if we can manage to do that with the car, lower to the ground, and obviously we seek the rewards…
“You generally have races that go in your favor, some races that go against you. Imola obviously wasn’t a strong circuit for us, but so far, from what we see, the car is working well around Miami.”