GEORGE RUSSELL was following Lewis Hamilton across the observe at Albert Park.
George Russell was not pleased with Lewis Hamilton (Picture: GETTY)
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George Russell was getting a bit itchy racing behind Lewis Hamilton in Q3 of the Australian Grand Prix on Saturday with the younger Brit moaning on crew radio about his team-mate’s tempo. Mercedes had been as soon as once more off the tempo this weekend in Australia, nevertheless it was a a lot better efficiency than final trip in Saudi Arabia.
Hamilton was capable of be part of Russell in Q3 this time, which means the 2 Mercedes team-mates had been capable of assist one another out. The Silver Arrows drivers have alternated in Q3 on who’s given a slip stream for the ultimate run and it was Russell’s flip this weekend.
The 24-year-old was following Hamilton around the observe throughout the second outlap in Q3 and was given the hurry up by his race engineer. However Russell was clearly agitated within the automotive as he known as on Hamilton to step on the tempo in entrance of him.
“Lewis goes very sluggish,” Russell mentioned. “Inform Lewis to hurry up.”
George Russell was given a tow by Lewis Hamilton (Picture: GETTY)
The seven-time world champion clearly received the memo as they crossed the road to begin their last run with Russell then capable of transfer his automotive as much as fourth. That proved to be Russell’s last run in qualifying, however Hamilton had room to make one last crack at beating his team-mate.
And Hamilton was capable of transfer his automotive forward of Russell’s on the grid, though each Mercedes drivers had been then pipped by Lando Norris. It means Hamilton will begin Sunday’s race in fifth with Russell alongside him on the third row in sixth.
It proved to be a blended session Q3 for Ferrari although as Carlos Sainz suffered some unhealthy luck as a result of purple flag brought on by Fernando Alonso’s crash. The Spaniard was solely capable of qualify ninth-fastest after additionally having some points in his last lap.
Charles Leclerc was capable of take pole from Max Verstappen although, with Sergio Perez simply behind the pair in third. Alonso appeared to be within the race for a shock pole place with Alpine performing effectively this weekend.
He was the quickest man within the first sector and went purple in sector two, however catastrophe struck when he crashed into the wall. “I locked the hydraulics and I could not change gear,” Alonso mentioned.