GEORGE RUSSELL helped Mercedes to their joint-best end of the season in Canada however he might have secured a greater outcome.
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George Russell has been attacked by Jacques Villeneuve for an error which price him a shot on the podium on the Canadian Grand Prix. The Mercedes rookie opted for slick tyres within the closing phases of qualifying in changeable situations.
Nonetheless, the gamble backfired with Russell unable to get a quicker time on the board after spinning out on his flying lap. It noticed Russell drop right down to eighth whereas team-mate Lewis Hamilton was fast sufficient for fourth on the intermediates.
The transfer has been slammed by former world champion Jacques Villeneuve, who has careworn the choice “price him the rostrum”. Talking on the F1 Nation podcast, he stated: “There was nothing courageous about it, nothing courageous about it – as a result of on paper there was no means it was going to work.
“It was freezing chilly, it was nonetheless humid, it was onerous for the drivers to get their fronts working even on intermediates, how might you get the temperature into your slick tyres? Now once you’re in a Williams, like he did in Russia, the place you are both final otherwise you make a superb name and also you’re in entrance – incredible.
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George Russell’s qualifying choice has been slammed (Picture: Getty)
“However when your automotive might be P4 or P5, that was actually not a superb name to make and it price him qualifying in entrance of his team-mate and it price him the rostrum. He had the tempo, he positively had the tempo.” Russell admitted he had the tempo to be third or fourth in qualifying had it not been for the late name.
The previous Williams man had been quicker than Hamilton all all through the weekend and qualifying up till the ultimate session, suggesting he might have crushed him on a clear run. Nonetheless, Russell defended his choice after the session, claiming he did not wish to accept a lowly grid slot.
When requested if he had regrets over the gamble, Russell merely responded: “No no, under no circumstances.
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George Russell determined to gamble on slicks in Q3 however was unable to higher his time (Picture: Getty)
“I most likely would have regretted it extra having certified P3 or P4 and never tried it, to be trustworthy. That’s the way in which the game goes.” The transfer was seemingly backed by workforce principal, Toto Wolff who radioed moments later to name the choice a “sturdy name”.
Nonetheless, former champion Jenson Button additionally hit out on the transfer after qualifying. He stated: “I do not suppose it was confidence, I feel it was the improper name.”