Lewis Hamilton, P5, + 49.376s
George Russell, P7, + 57.659s
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In Mercedes’ 2023 Japanese GP debrief video, Head of Race Strategy Rosie Wait discusses asking George Russell to move over for Lewis Hamilton, and more!
Adrian Newey says Red Bull at one point had to consider Mercedes’ ‘zero sidepod’ design philosophy, but “the gut feel was, let’s stick with what we’re doing”.
Red Bull’s Chief Technical Officer Adrian Newey says working with Lewis Hamilton would have been fabulous, but it never happened”.
Mercedes’ simulator driver Anthony Davidson says “there’s definitely a hierarchy” at Mercedes, and “rightly so”, because “Lewis has earned that status in that team”.
George Russell says the team made the right call when they asked him to move over for Lewis Hamilton, and there are “zero hard feelings” from his side.
Lewis says his Japanese GP on-track battle with George was “a good, good battle, a little bit aggressive, but as well he needed to get positions”.
Lewis Hamilton says “the next six months have got to be the greatest six months of development we’ve ever had to close that gap”.
Several news sources suggest that Toto Wolff was the one who made the decision to ask George Russell to move over for Lewis Hamilton.
George Russell says he viewed his battle with Lewis Hamilton as “good hard racing”, and there’s “nothing to discuss” with the team afterwards.
Lewis Hamilton says “the fact is” he and George Russell “are not fighting each other in the championship”, and they “needed to work as a team”.