Mercedes apologizes to George Russell for ‘letting him down’

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Toto Wolff says Mercedes apologized to George Russell after Hungarian Grand Prix Qualifying, for making a mistake which got him eliminated in Q1.

At Hungarian Grand Prix Qualifying, George Russell got eliminated in Q1 and ultimately qualified in P18.

After the session George said the main issue was bad timing on the track.

“The whole session, we were on track at the wrong time, the wrong point and taking way too much risk as a team,” he said.

Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff later said the team apologized to George.

“We made a mistake with George,” the Austrian said.

“We should have put him in a much better position on track and we’ve apologized to him for that.

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“There’s a gentleman’s agreement that you don’t overtake one another as time is running out.

“He had a number of cars move ahead of him though and that obviously screwed up his last lap,” the Austrian concluded.

Mercedes’ Trackside Engineering Director Andrew Shovlin also admitted George’s situation was the team’s fault.

“The team had let George down with how we handled his session. It wasn’t good enough and we’ll review and see how we can improve.

“It’s obviously very disappointing when we see the promise of the car and that he didn’t get the opportunity to get a clean run in,” the Briton concluded.

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