LEWIS HAMILTON completed fourth within the Australian Grand Prix as Mercedes benefited from extra retirements.
Method One preview: A lap of the Australian Grand Prix
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Lewis Hamilton has claimed his group radio outburst to Mercedes was right down to his engine overheating and never his battle with George Russell. Hamilton moaned to his group within the closing phases of the race after he had dropped behind Russell to a security automotive pit cease for the Mercedes rookie.
The seven-time champion appeared to query the group, saying: “You set me in a extremely tough place.” After the race, Hamilton was requested what he meant by his group radio remark.
He stated: “I could not combat for third as a result of the engine was overheating so I needed to again off. I simply needed to sit behind however as I stated we bagged as many factors as we might as a group and that’s nice.”
Hamilton additionally claimed P4 was a “nice outcome” for the group after struggling for tempo all weekend. The Mercedes pair had been struggling to get inside the highest 10 on Friday and had been being crushed by midfield groups reminiscent of McLaren and Alpine.
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Lewis Hamilton has defined his indignant group radio message (Picture: Sky Sports activities F1)
The German producer regularly improved all through Saturday and Sunday to shut the hole to the groups in entrance. Nonetheless, the group did profit from retirements as soon as once more to attain sturdy factors. Pink Bull’s Max Verstappen retired with a mechanical failure with simply 20 laps remaining.
Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz additionally failed to complete after spinning out at turns 9 and ten on the second lap. Hamilton added: “On this weekend we’ve had so many tough moments with the automotive.
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Lewis Hamilton stated Mercedes have made some progress (Picture: Getty)
“To get ourselves fifth and sixth in qualifying, to have progressed like we now have and to have reliability, we undoubtedly did not anticipate to have a 3rd and fourth. George did a fantastic job in the present day. I received to see a number of the battle with him racing Perez and I want I might have been in it.
“However nonetheless we’ll take these factors and maintain pushing.”
Russell’s first Mercedes podium takes him second within the factors standings after he has picked up top-five finishes within the first three races. After the race, he fired a warning to Pink Bull and Ferrari that the Silver Arrows wouldn’t surrender till they had been again on the entrance.
He stated: “We received a little bit bit fortunate in the present day twice, however we’ll take it. There’s a lot onerous work occurring to get us again. We’re by no means going to surrender, we had been a great distance behind and but right here we’re, on the rostrum. If anybody can, Mercedes can.”