George Russell hopes Mercedes can “fight for some victories”

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After getting P3 at the Hungarian Grand Prix, George Russell says it’s time to “reset, refocus, and try and fight for some victories” after the summer break.

After failing to convert his first career pole position into a race win at the Hungarian Grand Prix, George Russell says he’ll have to determine what he could have done better.

“When it started spitting at the beginning and we were on the Soft tyres, I thought we were on,” Russell told Sky Sports F1.

“We made a really strong start, it was a good first stint, and then towards the end, on the Mediums with the rain coming down, [I] really struggled and lost a bit of temperature.

“But again, amazing job by the team – pole position yesterday, double podium… We’re definitely making progress, so really proud of the work everybody’s done.

“I’m sure there’s a lot I’ll look over and could have done better. It was challenging to manage the tyres – obviously we pitted quite early on both stints.

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“You’re trying to eke the tyre out until the end, but trying to push as fast as possible at the same time, so a bit of a challenging position to be in.

“But nevertheless, pleased to have come away with a podium.”

After a hard first half of the season for Mercedes, George is looking forward to the summer break.

“It’s been an incredibly intense start to the season, and I think the break will do everybody good.

“[We’ll] come back for the second half the season, reset, refocus, and try and fight for some victories,” Russell concluded.

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