After claiming a surprise pole in qualifying – his first since 2022 – can Russell now convert that into Mercedes’ first win since the 2022 Sao Paulo Grand Prix? 

The Briton said he saw “no reason” why he can’t win today, but it will be a big challenge given the weather conditions. 

Russell also has the small matter of having reigning world champion Verstappen alongside him for the run down to Turn 1. 

Red Bull are by no means the favourites in Canada after what has been a difficult weekend so far, but you can never rule Verstappen out. 

Qualifying top three in parc ferme (L to R): Max Verstappen (NLD) Red Bull Racing, second; George Russell (GBR) Mercedes AMG

Qualifying top three in parc ferme (L to R): Max Verstappen (NLD) Red Bull…