Russell explained after qualifying that he had been "just confused" why Latifi had "had the upper hand on me every single lap" throughout practice and Q1, with the Briton trailing in each session except FP3. In Q2, however, Russell reversed the Williams' drivers fortunes to maintain his 100% qualifying record against teammates at the team – his only F1 qualifying defeat to a teammate being his loss against Mercedes' Valtteri Bottas when he stood in for Lewis Hamilton at the 2020 Sakhir Grand Prix. Russell said "everything came alive, the car felt great" when the Williams drivers used a set of medium tyres for their first runs in Q2 – the first time the duo had reached the middle segment of qualifying together for the first time since the 2020 Hungarian GP – and he stayed ahead of Latifi when they switched back to the softs to seal 12th and 14th on the grid. When asked by Motorsport.com what was behind Russell's Q2 improvement, Williams' head of vehicle performance, Dave Robson, said: "We know that he's capable of pulling out a lap when it really counts, so I think there's an element of that, [and] I think he was genuinely… Read full this story
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