Russell on battle with Hamilton: “We like to keep it close always”

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George Russell and Lewis Hamilton were involved in a short battle at the Dutch Grand Prix which seemed to almost lead to a collision at one point.

After the Safety Car came out at the Dutch Grand Prix, Max Verstappen and George Russell both pitted for fresh soft tyres, while Mercedes opted to keep Lewis Hamilton on older mediums, in an attempt  to hold onto his P1.

After the race was restarted, Hamilton was quickly passed by Verstappen, then a bit later by Russell. Russell’s overtake was easy, but there was a short moment where it appeared that they were close to a collision.

After the race, Russell was asked about this short battle, but he quickly switched to comment on Mercedes’ overall pace.

“We like to keep it close always,” the Briton joked.

“I think as a team today we showed incredible pace, I know the team result wasn’t quite what we hoped for.

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“But this gives us a lot of confidence and a lot of faith moving forward.

“I think it’s incredible to see three different teams on the podium and we as Mercedes slowly getting closer to that top step, so let’s keep on pushing.

He later further explained the near miss.

“Obviously with that I would say, with Lewis, we just had a bit of confusion and I came out just as he defended.

“It could have been a bit nasty but you know, we’ve got respect between the two of us so it’s all good,” Russell concluded

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