Former World Champion Nico Rosberg admitted that he was pleasantly surprised by Mercedes’ double podium at the French GP.
Hamilton and Russell secured their first double podium finish of the season at French GP (Courtesy: Reuters)
- Russell and Hamilton secured their first double podium finish of the season at French GP
- Mercedes have been on the rise in the past few games
- Rosberg feels Mercedes need to improve their qualifying performances
Former World Champion Nico Rosberg was impressed by Mercedes’s double podium at the French Grand Prix and said that no one could have foreseen such a result at the Circuit Paul Ricard.
After a not so impressive performance in the qualifying session last Saturday, Lewis Hamilton and George Russell ensured that Silver Arrows finished second and third in the race, just behind Max Verstappen.
Hamilton, in particular, has rebounded well from his initial struggles in the season and has finished on the podium consecutively in the past four races. Russell is also one of the most consistent drivers on the grid this year.
Speaking to Sky Sports F1, Rosberg admitted that he was pleasantly surprised by his former team’s performance in France as no one could have foreseen the result.
“What an incredible comeback for Mercedes after the slap in the face in qualifying, no one could have foreseen a double podium and also with the pace that they showed.”
They were close to the pace of the Ferraris and the Red Bulls, especially if you look at the first stint. Lewis dropped about six seconds early on and then was pretty consistent there and even closed the gap a little bit.
“That was really a big positive now for Mercedes again,” said Rosberg.
However, the former World Champion believes that qualifying is still hurting Mercedes and said that they need to improve their outings in qualifying to go back to the top of the pile.
“It seems that maybe it’s that qualifying pace, which is that big, big issue which they need to get on top of.”
“In race pace, they have confirmed that they’ve been making progress, so that’s a big positive today for them,”
“If they continue to have such bad Saturdays, it’s going to be difficult for them to make enough progress to really challenge for that win. So, it all comes down to that,” said Rosberg.
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