The Briton has had a good season so far but admitted that he made a mistake during his final Q3 run that meant he could only post the eighth-quickest time.
Indeed, he’s slightly off where he should be given the other Mercedes of Lewis Hamilton is just behind the two Red Bull and Ferrari cars in the top five, but that means that Russell should feel as though he can make some early overtakes to join the fight.
Speaking to the press here at Silverstone after the session, Russell admitted he made a costly little mistake:
“I wouldn’t say missed opportunity but definitely underperformed to where the car could have been.
“I just sort of lost confidence and then the last lap I made a mistake, we had the speed to be P4 or P5 but let’s see [on Sunday.] We know that qualifying is a bit of a weak area for us.”
He continued to say, though, that the car in race trim is usually quicker, and that should give him an advantage in his recovery:
“I think we’ve definitely got a faster race car than a qualifying car and we’ve closed the gap so I just hope I can get past Alonso and Lando because I think we have half a chance up at the front.”
Russell may well believe that a podium finish could be on if he can make quick progress and settle into a rhythm, but time will tell if that is what pans out.