Russell on his battle with Hamilton: “You have to show a bit of respect”

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George Russell says Lewis Hamilton was “unlucky today on those old, hard tyres”, and adds “there is good respect” between them.

George Russell had a very good race in Miami. He qualified in P12, but with a little help from a safety car, he managed to finish in P5.

After the race he was, naturally, very happy with the result.

“We showed on Friday we have a fast car,” the Briton said.

“There is a fast car there, I have total faith and confidence that it is in there somewhere. We need to understand how to unlock it.

“We can find chunks and chunks of lap time if we just find that killer key to get it in the perfect spot. The guys are working day and night to find a solution.

“We have to stick to our guns and keep pushing in this direction, it will be a number of races before we say we need to go another way.”


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In the closing stages of the race, thanks to the aforementioned safety car, George was involved in a battle with his team-mate Lewis Hamilton.

They weren’t evenly matched, though, as Hamilton had worn down hard tyres, while Russell was on fresh mediums. The young Briton acknowledged this after the race.

“When you are battling with your teammate you have to show a bit of respect, more room than normal and I went a bit wide.

“But it is so dirty offline round this circuit and I had to do it all over again. I enjoyed it and there is good respect between us.

“But Lewis was unlucky today on those old, hard tyres there is a lot of work to do,” concluded Russell.

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