George Russell has defended Mercedes power units after the Silver Arrows and customer teams struggled in Bahrain. Speaking at the Press Conference ahead of the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix, he said the cause of the issues was not “purely down to the power unit”.
He said: “There’s always room to improve but I think the Williams with the Mercedes power unit in the back was the fastest car on the straights in Bahrain. There’s a number of reasons why I think we were struggling.
“I think we had more wing on compared to the Red Bull and Ferrari. The Porpoising issues aren’t helping things either as we are just crashing into the floor as opposed to skating along on top of the surface.
“We will have to wait and see but I don’t think it’s purely down to the power unit.”
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Mercedes were the third-fastest car on the track in Bahrain behind Red Bull and Ferrari. Lewis Hamilton and Russell were on course for fifth and sixth before benefitting from a double Red Bull retirement to steal a podium.
Last season, Hamilton won the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix after a titanic battle with Max Verstappen. The two collided on the run down to turn 27 setting up a tense title finale at Abu Dhabi which Verstappen eventually won.