‘It’s not spectacular’ – Mercedes say they’re ‘further off the pace than we hoped’ after Friday in France

There was plenty of hype surrounding Mercedes in the build-up to the French Grand Prix, many believing that the track characteristics of the Circuit Paul Ricard, plus an upgrade to their W13, made them dark horses this weekend. But both George Russell and Lewis Hamilton appeared a touch downhearted at the end of Friday’s French running, ending FP2 over seven-tenths off the leading pace.