George Russell admits he is concerned about the “total unknown” surrounding tyre degradation going into F1’s Las Vegas Grand Prix.
The Mercedes driver was able to outpace his teammate Lewis Hamilton in qualifying and secure fourth place on the grid, which will turn into third due to a penalty for Carlos Sainz. Despite his success in qualifying, Russell expressed concern about how the tires will perform during the race and believes that it will be a dominant factor. He acknowledged that Ferrari was ahead of everyone else in qualifying and that he achieved the maximum result possible. However, he noted that the cold conditions are causing the tires to fall apart and that the team that can manage the tires the best will come out on top. Russell admitted that approaching the race is currently uncertain and that they haven’t tested the hard tires yet. He emphasized the importance of having a clean race and acknowledged the threat from Ferrari, who are only 20 points behind in the championship standings.