Russell keen to bounce back from series of ‘failed’ runs

George Russell is keen to have a clean weekend at the Mexican Grand Prix after a series of “disjointed” races.

The Mercedes driver received a five-second penalty last time out in the United States after the stewards found him at fault for a first-lap collision with Carlos Sainz, which led to Sainz’s retirement from the event while Russell continued to claim P5.

Earlier in October, Russell finished outside the points at the Singapore Grand Prix – during which he made contact with Mick Schumacher’s Haas – before returning home to P8 a week later in a shortened race in Japan.

As such, Russell hopes to return to a “good grove” in Mexico.

Russell focuses on the Mexican GP

With Russell locked in a battle with Sainz for P4 at the World Championship, the Briton admits getting his races back on track is his current priority.

“I think you obviously want to finish every season as high as you want it to be,” Russell told the media, including RacingNews365.com.

“I think I’m probably more focused on getting a good groove and rhythm back.

“I think at the beginning of this year we had such a consistent series of results, and every time we went to the track we had a good performance, whether it was a Saturday or a Sunday, and everything. seemed to be going pretty well..

“But the last three races, for various reasons, have been very messy, mostly on my behalf.

“So I need to… I’m probably more focused on trying to have a clear last three weekends and the championship should hopefully work out.”

How de Vries’ FP1 race affects Russell’s preparation

Russell will have to wait before he can join the action in Mexico, with 2023 AlphaTauri driver Nyck de Vries set to drive his W13 in Friday’s Free Practice 1 before returning the car to Russell for FP2.

Despite this, the 24-year-old doesn’t expect his preparations to be greatly affected.

“It complicates things in terms of setting up the car and getting into the rhythm,” Russell explained of FP1’s absence.

“But FP1 is always a bit of a tricky session here, because this track isn’t used often and it’s quite dirty, quite dusty.

“And for me personally, getting the 90 minutes in FP2 gives you a good opportunity to catch up in driving terms, but I don’t think it will be too much of a loss.”

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