Mercedes on Hamilton and Russell’s different strategies in Hungary

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Mercedes’ Trackside Engineering Director Andrew Shovlin explains why Mercedes decided to put Lewis Hamilton and George Russell on different strategies at the Hungarian Grand Prix.

At the Hungarian Grand Prix, Mercedes has put Lewis Hamilton and George Russell on different strategies, with Russell starting on soft tyres, while Hamilton started on mediums.

Ultimately, Lewis managed to get from P7 to P2, while Russell dropped from P1 to P3. Andrew Shovlin explains why Mercedes chose to go with different strategies.

“We looked at each case separately,” the Briton said in Mercedes’ race debrief.

“With George we wanted him to be out front leading the race.

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“The conditions were quite tricky, there was a bit of rain in the air, it looked like it was quite cold, could be quite slippy and that soft tyre would give him the best chance of getting off the line cleanly, because to keep George’s hopes of winning the race alive we had to be leading that first stint.

“The argument with Lewis was quite different. We had that DRS problem in qualifying that had meant he was well out of position.

“So the medium tyre gave him better range, it allowed him to overcut, we could go longer and that put him on fresh rubber at the end of the race.

“Ultimately, that’s what allowed him to have that pace that could take him all the way to P2,” Shovlin concluded.

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