F1 tyre supplier Pirelli confirmed during the week that it would go ahead with plans to supply teams with tyre compounds a set softer than those used at last weekend's British Grand Prix.
Showing much-improved form in recent qualifying sessions, Russell was confident that the switch to softer compounds for the weekend could give Williams a better chance during this weekend's race.
Russell just finished shy of the points in last weekend's race with a twelfth place finish and was hoping that the addition of softer compounds would force drivers into two-stop strategies.
Given the pace of the car on the softer compound tyres during recent races, Russell believed that this may give the team a chance to capitalise on what can be achieved by the team in the race.
"It will be a different race this weekend," Russell told Formula1.com in a recent interview.
"Last week we were on the three hardest compounds. It was relatively cool, track temp was around 35 or 30C. This weekend we’re on [tyres that are] a step softer, it’s going to be [really] hot and I think it’ll be very exciting.
“We’ll have to change our approach. I think we’ll see a two-stop race for a lot of guys, especially for those who qualify in the top ten on the soft compound.
"They would definitely have to do a two-stop, which I think will give us the opportunity to maybe capitalise on that,. It’s going to be a really interesting and exciting weekend"
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