Russell euphoric after pole at Silverstone: “I’m on cloud nine”

Russell euphoric after pole at Silverstone: “I’m on cloud nine”
Russell euphoric after pole at Silverstone: “I’m on cloud nine”

George Russell has taken pole position for the British Grand Prix after his victory in Austria last week. The Briton celebrated his good time, which puts the two Mercedes cars on the front row for tomorrow. “I’m on cloud nine right now,” he said.

Saturday’s Silverstone race can practically be described as a British party. George Russell took pole in qualifying, followed by Lewis Hamilton and Lando Norris. Three Englishmen, in their home country. The public was absolutely euphoric at the end of qualifying, just like the driver who will start tomorrow in pole position. Because we must not forget that he also took victory in the last race, in Austria.

“The car feels fantastic and we pushed it hard in qualifying. Driving here is a real pleasure and driving here is a real pleasure. I’m on cloud nine at the moment,” Russell said as soon as he got out of the car in the interview after the top three.

“Tomorrow it will be tight with Lando, Max Verstappen will also be fast, but right now I am very excited,” he stressed.

Mercedes’ evolution in the last few races is perhaps the biggest surprise of the season’s halfway point. Toto Wolff’s joy in the pits, along with the rest of the team, shows that they are doing things right. They are now in the top positions. They have arrived and are fighting ‘equal to equal’ with the McLarens. At least over one lap.

“I don’t know how I feel, at the start of the season we couldn’t even dream of a pole here. And now it’s Lewis and I up there and Lando in third,” Russell recalled. “Thank you to all the fans for the energy you give me. Thank you,” he added as a message to the fans.

In fact, the crowd has been roaring non-stop in all the interviews. Having three ‘home’ drivers in the ‘top 3’ of tomorrow’s grid has made them especially excited. Something that has also been increased by the excitement of a session marked by Sergio Pérez’s red flag in Q1 and by the drops of rain that devastated the circuit.

For Russell, however, the fans have been a fundamental part of his success today. “They give us a lot of energy, and we have given them a lineup for tomorrow that I think they could only dream of. We love it and we are really looking forward to tomorrow,” he admitted in closing his speech.

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