Russell ‘got lucky twice’ for first Mercedes podium

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Russell ‘got lucky twice’ for first Mercedes podium

George Russell admitted he had “obtained fortunate twice” in capturing his first podium end for Mercedes on the Australian Grand Prix.

In his first Mercedes season and fourth race in complete for the staff, Russell crossed the road third behind Charles Leclerc and Sergio Perez at Melbourne’s Albert Park.

However success had been on the Briton’s facet, not least courtesy of a retirement for Max Verstappen on lap 39 when he pulled over with a small hearth within the Purple Bull.

There had earlier been a technique enhance for Russell after Sebastian Vettel had crashed on lap 24, enabling the Briton to make his pit-stop below the Security Automobile and leapfrog his Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton.

The 15 factors Russell collected additionally elevated him to second place within the Drivers’ standings, albeit a distant 34 adrift of Leclerc who made it two wins and a runner-up end within the first three races this season.

In fact, lucking in to podiums is just not one thing Mercedes, being eight-time consecutive Constructors’ champions, are conversant in – however for the time being, because of the struggles they’re encountering with the W13, it occurs to be the case given their tempo deficit to Ferrari and Purple Bull.

“We’ve obtained to be in it to win it and capitalise from others’ misfortune,” mentioned Russell in his parc ferme interview with Mark Webber. “Clearly we obtained somewhat bit fortunate in the present day, most likely twice, however we’ll take it.

“There’s a lot onerous work occurring again at base, Brackley and Brixworth, to try to get us again to the entrance, so to be standing on the rostrum is particular.

“We’re by no means going to surrender, we’ve obtained to maintain on preventing and this weekend we have been a good distance behind our rivals however right here we’re standing on the rostrum.”

 

The race weekend actually went higher for Russell and Hamilton, who completed fourth, than the earlier one in Saudi Arabia. However the 24-year-old insisted there may be nonetheless a option to go earlier than Mercedes can problem for victories on a stage enjoying area.

“We’ve obtained to maintain this up whereas we’re on the again foot and I’m certain we’ll get there after just a few extra races,” added Russell.

“I believe it is going to take a while till we will battle these boys in crimson and blue, they give the impression of being fairly distinctive for the time being. But when anybody can, Mercedes can, so let’s go for it.”

 

 

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