George Russel showed his talent and readiness again, and he finished as third. This is also his first podium for Mercedes. Russell was also lucky, as Max Verstappen gave up at the end of the race. "You've got to be in it to win it, and capitalise from others misfortune," Russell said, as quoted by motorsport.
"Obviously we got a little bit lucky today probably twice, but you know, we take it. "There's so much hard work going on back at base in Brackley and Brixworth to try to get us back to the front, so to be standing on the podium is special."
Russell on his race
Of course, there is great harmony in the Mercedes team, which is evident on the track.
Russell is trying to help his colleague Lewis Hamilton who will have a difficult task this season. "I want to do everything I can to keep the faster car behind, but ultimately we needed to manage that tyre," Russell said. "The front-left tyre was worse in the last corner, and I can't manage through there.
"I really wanted to push it further, but I recognise we probably would have just fallen off a cliff if I went ever faster. "I knew Lewis wasn't going to make it easy for me. He never gives up, and he was pushing flat out to the end.
But I think it was well managed and I was always able to stay out of DRS detection. "Once Checo got past, it was pretty cruising." "I think it's going to take some time until we can fight these boys in red and blue, they look pretty exceptional at the moment," Russell said.
"But if anyone can, Mercedes can, so let's go for it." The competition is tough this season, and Mercedes must be careful if they want to reach the very top.