Lewis Hamilton and George Russell will start the Montreal Grand Prix in fourth and fifth place respectively, following a chaotic wet qualifying session. The changing conditions led to a brief scare where both drivers were in danger of not advancing to Q2. However, they were saved by a penalty for Haas driver Nico Hulkenberg, who was demoted for a red flag infringement. This means Hamilton and Russell will move up a spot on the starting grid.
In a race that saw both Mercedes drivers flanking Max Verstappen on the podium earlier this month in Spain, Russell believes they have found the race pace to repeat that performance on the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. He is confident in their chances for a double podium finish, stating, “P5 is a good place to start from and I see no reason why we can’t fight for a double podium again.” Russell also highlighted their strong race pace in the second practice session, where they were just slightly behind Verstappen and ahead of drivers like Fernando Alonso and Sergio Perez.
Friday’s second practice session was the only opportunity for teams to experience a dry track this weekend. When asked about the unknowns Mercedes still faced in terms of their race pace for the dry grand prix, Hamilton expressed confidence, saying, “Not too many.” He mentioned having a long run during the session, albeit when the track was slower. Hamilton hopes their race pace is stronger than what was shown in qualifying and believes they can put pressure on the top two drivers, Alonso and Max, during the race.
Overall, both Hamilton and Russell are optimistic about their prospects for the Montreal Grand Prix, with high hopes for a podium finish. They believe their race pace is strong and are ready to fight against the other top drivers in the field.