George Russell blasts Mercedes. Image: @GeorgeRussell63/twitter

‘I was forecast to get a podium’: Russell blasts Merc strategy

Mercedes pulled out a Ferrari strategy blunder leaving Lewis Hamilton and George Russell out on the slick rubber in rainy conditions.


George Russell blasts Mercedes. Image: @GeorgeRussell63/twitter

Mercedes Formula One driver George Russell questioned his team’s strategy following a disastrous Dutch Grand Prix on Sunday.

The British driver was classified 17th at the end after he collided with Lando Norris in the closing stages of the race.

Russell looked good during qualifying, managing to place third on the grid before the race. With rain scheduled for the race, most drivers started with the soft tyres but after the first lap downpour in Zandvoort, drivers switched to intermediate tyres however Mercedes were too slow to put both Lewis Hamilton and George Russell on the intermediate tyres.

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By the time they called them into the pits, it was too late and the duo were already at the back of the field.

“I was forecast a podium,” said Russell on the radio. “F***, how did we mess this up?”

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The Mercedes drivers managed to recover during the race and with seven laps to go, Both drivers were in the top eight and well set for a top-six finish. Russell’s collision forced him to go off due to a left-rear puncture meaning only Hamilton, who finished sixth, was the only driver to score points.

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“The race was over before it really got started,” said the 25-year-old English driver.

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Things are not expected to improve soon for Russell and Mercedes as the team failed to build a race-winning racing car this season. Red Bull has won all 13 races so far and is likely to win all as the RB19 looks unstoppable. Aston Martin for most part have been the second fastest car and now McLaren are challenging Ferrari and Mercedes for podiums.

With F1 going to Monza this weekend, it’s unlikely that Russell and Hamilton will challenge for a win or podium due to the W14’s lack of straight-line speed.

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