Russell on duty with Mercedes and Pirelli on Tuesday

Mercedes has assigned George Russell to its team for Pirelli's 18-inch 2022 tyre test at the Hungaroring on... The post Russell on duty with Mercedes and Pirelli on Tuesday appeared first on F1i.com.

Russell on duty with Mercedes and Pirelli on Tuesday

Mercedes has assigned George Russell to its team for Pirelli's 18-inch 2022 tyre test at the Hungaroring on Tuesday that will also include cars from Ferrari and McLaren.

Russell's presence with the Brackley squad isn't a surprise as both Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas have head off for their summer break, and the Williams driver is also expected to replace the Finn at Mercedes next season with a formal announcement anticipated around the Belgian Grand Prix at Spa at the end of the month.

But Russell won't be the only driver on track in Budapest on Tuesday with the Briton joined by McLaren's Lando Norris, either Charles Leclerc or Carlos Sainz for Ferrari and reportedly Sauber junior and F2 charger Theo Pourchaire who will be running with Alfa Romeo.

  • Read also: F1i's Driver Ratings for the 2021 Hungarian GP

Russell's last outing with Mercedes was last year in Sakhir when the 23-year-old subbed for Lewis Hamilton and almost won the penultimate round of the 2020 F1 world championship. But Hungary also holds special memories for the Briton who tested for the very first time with Mercedes at the venue back in 2017.

The Williams driver also heads into the test off the back of his first points-scoring performance with the Grove-based outfit, with teammate Nicholas Latifi and himself finishing P8 and P9 respectively, although both drivers could move up a position if the FIA confirms the disqualification from the Hungarian Grand Prix of Aston Martin's Sebastian Vettel for a fuel sample infringement.

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Horner: Verstappen had less downforce than Schumacher!

Red Bull's Christian Horner says the extent of the damage suffered by Max Verstappen's car in Hungary meant... The post Horner: Verstappen had less downforce than Schumacher! appeared first on F1i.com.

Horner: Verstappen had less downforce than Schumacher!

Red Bull's Christian Horner says the extent of the damage suffered by Max Verstappen's car in Hungary meant that Mick Schumacher's Haas "had more downforce" in Sunday's eventful race.

At the start, Verstappen followed poleman Lewis Hamilton into the first corner but the Dutchman was then collected by the McLaren of Lando Norris who had been rammed from behind by Valtteri Bottas.

Despite the damage inflicted to Verstappen's car which was missing most of its right-hand bargeboard and a large section of its floor, the Red Bull driver was able to continue the race after the red flag period, although at the wheel of a considerably weakened car.

After the second start, Verstappen struggled for ten laps to get the measure of Schumacher's Haas.

"Let’s just say I should think Mick Schumacher had more downforce," said Horner.

"[Verstappen] drove his heart out, earned one point that could be crucial at the end of the year.

"Thankfully Mercedes made a howler strategically today, Fernando Alonso looked like he was driving for Red Bull as well, so the damage was limited compared to what it could have been."

  • Read also: F1i's Driver Ratings for the 2021 Hungarian GP

The last two incident-packed races have heavily impacted Red Bull and Verstappen's points haul. But Horner is convinced that the Milton Keynes-based outfit's luck will turn around.

"We’ve won six races in the first half of the year," said the Red Bull team principal.

"The races that we haven’t scored at, Azerbaijan wasn’t Max’s fault, Silverstone wasn’t Max’s fault, here wasn’t Max’s fault, so our luck will change, over the length of the season, it will balance out over the second half of the year.

"I think the whole team deserves a well-earned break, and believe you me we’ll come out fighting in the second half of the championship, so it’s going to be interesting."

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