George Russell says driving Mercedes car is ‘like riding a ROLLERCOASTER’ and admits that Haas ‘had quite a pace advantage’ after they ended their 28-race wait for a point in the Bahrain GP

George Russell admits that driving Mercedes’ W13 car could be compared to ‘riding a rollercoaster’ due to excessive porpoising on the track. However, Russell bounced around the Sakhir circuit in the first race with Formula One’s new ground-effect aerodynamics. Russell only overtook one car in Bahrain – Kevin Magnussen’s Haas – so was unable to give a comprehensive answer on how the W13 handled the race. ‘The only person I overtook was Kevin in the Haas and I think they had quite a pace advantage,’ he said. Russell’s admission on Haas’ pace advantage comes after the American-owned team ended their 28-race wait for a point as Magnussen, who only joined shortly before the start of the new season, finished fifth.

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