George Russell: “The team deserved more today”

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After getting P2 in Mexican Grand Prix Qualifying, George Russell says he is ‘kicking himself’ because of a mistake which cost him a chance at pole.

Mercedes had its best qualifying performance of the 2022 season at the Mexican Grand Prix Qualifying.

Lewis Hamilton got P3, while George Russell seemed to be on his way to a possible pole position, before a mistake at the entry to the Foro Sol stadium at turn 12 saw him go wide and off the track.

The Briton immediately apologized to the team, and afterwards he was visibly downbeat.

“The team deserved more today,” Russell said..

“They have produced a really great car this weekend and I think it is a testament to them for the hard work they have been putting in for so long.

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“We saw last week with Lewis what the car was capable of and I feel this weekend, it was our pole to have.

“It was just a terrible lap from my side, so I am kicking myself. But at the end of the day no points for qualifying and excited to be back on the front row.”

With the long start/finish straight providing those behind the polesitter a slipstreaming opportunity, George was asked if he sees a chance to get into the lead into turn one.

“We will go for it for sure, let’s see what is possible,” he concluded.

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