Now Russell, who has also tied up his qualifying battle with Hamilton at 11-11, has admitted that his recent one-lap pace has come when he's least been expecting it.
“I’ve been really ill the last two weeks and I’ve been really, really quick so I don’t know if I need to be ill more often or what it is," he told Sky Sports F1 after the session.
"But last two weeks I’ve just felt super comfortable in the car. Had about, on average, three hours sleep per night so maybe that’s the secret everyone’s missing," he suggested, before going on to talk about his session.
“I don’t know, it’s mixed feelings right now," he said. "We definitely would have taken P4 ahead of the weekend. But after this morning’s performance, we were quickest every single lap, we only improved I think six tenths from practice to qualifying.
"Considering it was much colder, we had much less fuel in the car. We didn’t make the jump that we should have so that was a little bit disappointing.”
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