Hamilton and Russell fear early Mercedes qualifying exit
Russell and Hamilton had a challenging Friday practice session at Monza, with Russell ending ninth and Hamilton languishing in 17th. Hamilton expressed concerns about the performance deficit of his car on the long straights and hoped to reach Q3 in qualifying. Russell also acknowledged the tough competition from McLaren, Aston, Ferrari, and even Williams, making it a close battle to make it into the top-10 shootout. Both drivers highlighted the importance of nailing their performance to secure a good grid position for the race.