“This is absolutely crazy," he told Sky Sports F1. "I have never ever seen a change of weather so drastically as that. I was really disappointed with the lap, on my lap I was just sliding around, I had no grip. I didn’t see that much rain on my visor.
"I was a second off and I actually wanted to pit because I was confident I was going to be last and ended up P6.
"While it was disappointing and frustrating, P6 is definitely not a bad place to start. Team did a great job, car’s been performing well here and we know it’s all about race pace."
“For sure [Mercedes' target is] a podium," added Russell. "Aston seem to have found their form again, that was surprising where they’ve come from.
"Hopefully our race pace will be better than theirs. All to play for.”
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