George Russell questions Mercedes’ strategy at the Japanese GP

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After the Japanese Grand Prix, George Russell questioned Mercedes’ decision to double stack his and Lewis Hamilton’s cars while switching to intermediate tyres.

George Russell was running in P6 at the Japanese Grand Prix, when the teams called their drivers into the pits to switch to intermediate tyres.

Mercedes then decided to do a double stack, which meant Russell had to wait for Lewis’ tyres to be changed, before the team started working on his car.

The young Briton was immediately critical, and said over the radio that it was “the worst decision we ever made”.

He ultimately finished the race in P8, and afterwards again questioned the team’s decision.

“We need to review what went on,” Russell said.

“I was right behind Lewis and double stacking, I was just going to lose all the positions. Not really much more to say, very frustrating afternoon, probably could have fought for P5.

“It was quite enjoyable out there, made some some good overtakes but we need to sit down with the team and see what we could have done better.

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“That was probably at the time not the right thing to do.”

Russell then said the wet conditions on the track were really hard.

“The grip was fine but the problem was we couldn’t see anything. The spray was so bad. You didn’t know where the drivers were, you didn’t know where the puddles were, where the rivers were. So it was literally just the visibility.

“I don’t know whether with these new cars, they bring up more spray. Obviously, there’s been so many more improvements with with the racing, perhaps this is one of the downsides, who knows?

“But for sure the rivers here in Suzuka Circuit need to be improved because they’re the exact same as they have been for about four or five years now in the same spots,” the Briton concluded.

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