Wolff and Russell comment on French GP radio encouragement

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Toto Wolff reveals why he personally encouraged George Russell to go after Sergio Perez at the French Grand Prix. Russell also gives his comments.

When George Russell tried overtaking Sergio Perez on the inside at the turn 8/9 chicane, the duo made contact and Perez cut across the chicane.

Russell felt that the Mexican should concede the position and released his frustration to his team over the radio.

This prompted team boss Toto Wolff to go on the radio himself, and tell the young Briton to keep his head down and do the overtake on the track.

Russell finally did just that at the end of the Virtual Safety Car period later in the race. Afterwards Wolff revealed why he came on the radio.

“I felt like he was a little bit stuck in a loop of being upset about the situation,” the Austrian said.

“As a driver, you are stuck in your little cockpit and I felt like he had the pace, he just needed to drop the upsetness and concentrate to beat him on track.

“In the end, it was just clever. There was a bit of confusion with the virtual safety car and he just did it,” Wolff concluded.

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At the post-race press conference, Russell was asked to give his view of these tense moments, and to comment on Wolff’s intervention.

“I think emotions were high then, obviously for all of us, because I felt like I did a mega-move on Checo and ultimately didn’t get to keep the position,” George said.

“And we definitely had a bit more pace there, so, you know, I quite enjoyed hearing Toto on the radio, but ultimately, from my side, you’re going absolutely flat out…

“But, we’re in this together, as a team. And when you’re sat in the car, sometimes you do feel a bit alone, because we’re in the car, we’re doing everything we can, and you don’t know what the engineers are looking at.

“The engineers don’t totally feel what we’re feeling within the car. And sometimes having these exchanges brings it a little bit closer together,” the Briton concluded.

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