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Despite a fourth-placed finish for George Russell in Miami on Sunday, he was not completely pleased throughout the weekend – having made complaints to Mercedes after qualifying. A difficult qualifying period for the Silver Arrows saw Russell in sixth with his team-mate Lewis Hamilton in 13th, though both improved to finish fourth and sixth on race day.
Russell was surprised to have qualified in sixth amid complaints with his car, as he called on the team bosses to explain why the team are performing so poorly. He was not the only one disappointed in the US, as Hamilton vented into his team radio after qualifying 13th for the race.
Hamilton claimed that his side “left it too late” in a message to the team, before Russell then went on to question Mercedes and claim that there are “a few questions that need answering” despite rallying to a fourth-placed finish on race day.
“I wouldn’t necessarily say quite pleased, of course I’ll take the result, it’s a very flattering result for the performance that we showed. I did a really decent lap in Q2 to just scrape through, just to get into Q3 and that’s not where we should be,” Russell told F1.
“Everybody is working so, so hard to bring more performance to the car, it’s definitely not for a lack of effort and it’s just not coming to us at the moment. So there’s a lot to think about. A few questions that need answering.
“It’s a theme of us that we generally have a better Sunday than we do on Saturday. Obviously got the Alpine and Haas around us, hopefully we can get past them, and Ferrari tend to struggle a bit more on Sunday. We’ll focus on tomorrow, but we need to think about the bigger picture and how we’re gonna bring that fight to the guys at the top. Everybody is working so hard to get up there. We’ll try and put in a fight with whoever is around us, but we’ll see what we can do.”
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