Brundle: More than Safety Car luck to Russell’s podium

Brundle: More than Safety Car luck to Russell’s podium

George Russell had a serving to hand to his first Mercedes podium end, however Martin Brundle says it can’t all be credited to the Security Automotive.

After qualifying P6 for the Australian Grand Prix, sharing the third row together with his Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton in P5, Russell got here throughout a stroke of excellent fortune with the timing of a Security Automotive interval, permitting him to cease after which transfer forward of Hamilton and Pink Bull’s Sergio Perez into the rostrum locations.

He went on to complete the race P3, having been overtaken by Perez however returning to the rostrum when Max Verstappen retired from P2.

However though Russell himself admitted to a double dose of luck within the type of that Security Automotive and Verstappen’s DNF, ex-F1 racer turned pundit Martin Brundle defined that to ensure that Russell to profit from that Security Automotive, he nonetheless wanted to be aggressive each earlier than and afterwards.

“George Russell bought fortunate with the Security Automotive, however it’s worthwhile to be aggressive earlier than and after that to profit and he actually was,” Brundle wrote in his column for Sky Sports activities F1.

“He doesn’t look like struggling to maintain with Lewis in qualifying or race trim and that’s spectacular in opposition to the good man.”

Brundle: More than Safety Car luck to Russell’s podium

The tip outcome for Russell was that he left the Australian Grand Prix P2 within the Drivers’ Championship.

In fact, for tempo alone he isn’t within the second quickest automobile on the grid proper now, however Brundle defined Russell is in his place as a result of his driving has been “elegant” and “fault-free”, whereas the Mercedes W13 has been dependable.

“George is second within the Drivers’ Championship resulting from elegant, fault-free driving and reliability,” Brundle wrote.

“Now he wants the automobile efficiency to take an honest step ahead in a rush.”


Hamilton precipitated a little bit of a stir when telling his Mercedes staff over the radio that “you guys put me in a extremely tough place”.

He later clarified that his phrases got here because of his engine overheating, which meant he couldn’t assault Russell or Perez forward.

Nonetheless, Hamilton was very proud of a P3 and P4 end for the staff – a outcome that prolonged Mercedes’ buffer over Pink Bull to 10 factors within the Constructors’ Championship, the Silver Arrows sitting P2.

Contemplating Mercedes don’t have a automobile that may compete with Ferrari and Pink Bull, Brundle defined they’re doing an excellent damage-limitation job.

“Lewis was dissatisfied in fourth, battling an overheating engine, however the staff should have been happy they used their tyres higher than Pink Bull within the first half of the race,” Brundle prompt.

“The entire Mercedes staff are positively making use of ‘harm limitation’ extraordinarily properly.”




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