Wolff says we could see Russell and Hamilton “running in P1 and P2”

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Toto Wolff said we could see Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes’ future driver George Russell “running in P1 and P2” at the Russian Grand Prix.

Remarkably George Russell qualified in P3 for the Russian Grand Prix. With Lewis Hamilton starting from P4, Toto Wolff speculated about the possibility for “the present and the future running in P1 and P2”.

“Probably the best position to start from is P3,” the Austrian said.

“We’ve seen that last year and the years before, so P4 is not a catastrophe. On the contrary, it may even give opportunities.

“I would not be surprised if George is leading the race after Turn 2. And that will be good fun to watch.

“As long as Lewis can make up positions, we would have the present and the future running in P1 and P2. But joking aside, [Russell] has shown strong performance today.

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“He has been taking massive risks by being the first one to pit for softs, but equally where he was, probably qualifying eighth or ninth, that was the right thing to do from Williams’ side and George’s side.

“But you still need to bring it home and that’s what he did.”

Wolff also said he expects a good result from Valtteri Bottas who qualified in P7.

“With Valtteri, his pace was tremendous yesterday, the quickest long run pace on the hards that was there.

“I expect a good result for him,” concluded the Austrian.

However, after the statement was made it was announced Bottas will be getting a new engine, which dropped him down to P17 on race start.

This however doesn’t mean that a “good result” is out of the question.

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