Mercedes explains George Russell’s Canadian GP Quali gamble

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George Russell had chosen to switch to slick tyres for his final Canadian Grand Prix Qualifying flying lap, despite the track still being wet. Mercedes explains why.

In Mercedes’ Canadian Grand Prix race debrief video, Mike Elliott explained George Russell’s failed qualifying slick tyres gamble.

“To be honest, it was George’s call,” the Briton said.

“George had been saying all the way through qualifying that the track was going to move progressively towards slicks.


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“And, while we thought that was really surprising early on, you could start to see a dry line emerging, particularly in Sector 2 and Sector 3.

“Normally in these situations, it’s the driver that you ask, because the driver has got a feel for the car. That was George’s opportunity to potentially compete for pole position.

“While the risk didn’t pay off, it was still a nice thing to do, it’s still part of motor racing and actually we really enjoyed that,” Elliott concluded.

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