Russell is fed up with a plug: ‘I can’t believe it’



“I can hardly put it in words, to be honest. Victories have been taken away from me, but twice? I just couldn’t believe it. I gave everything I had in me ”, said the 22-year-old Briton, who eventually finished ninth and also captured his first three points in the premier class with the fastest lap.

Little comfort

That was little comfort. Russell caught up with teammate Valtteri Bottas just after the start. Nothing seemed to stand in the way of victory until Mercedes placed the wrong front tires under his car at a second stop.

That also should not have been fatal, because after the restart Russell drove to place 2 in no time. A flat tire put an end to all fairytale stories. For the Englishman then, the eventual winner Sergio Pérez couldn’t be happier. “The car was so fast, I think we could have brought Sergio up to that flat tire. This is also part of racing, unfortunately. It’s a team sport and we will all learn from it. ”

Failed radio traffic

According to team boss Toto Wolff, the much-discussed pit stop was due to failed radio traffic, which resulted in miscommunication about the tires to be changed. He called that second stop during a safety car situation one for safety. “You can ask afterwards whether that was the right decision,” said Wolff, who had to do with Russell. “He did a great job and should have won his first race for Mercedes immediately. It won’t be his last chance to win. ”

Mercedes was punished by the stewards afterwards with a fine of 20,000 euros. Normally, an offense – wrong tires on the car – can lead to disqualification in the extreme case, but according to the stewards there were extenuating circumstances. For example, Russell’s mistake was corrected after one lap, which meant that he lost a lot of time, which also applied to teammate Bottas at the stop before.

View the results of the race, the positions in the various rankings and the full Formula 1 calendar here.

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