George Russell reacts to Hamilton's comment that 'Russell was lucky in the last race'
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Lewis Hamilton had interesting statements commenting on the race in Saudi Arabia. The Brit emphasized that his teammate George Russell was lucky in the race, given that he chose the right set-up. ‘The strategy didn’t really work out for me.
The set-up was a bit off – I think if I had the set-up that George had, I would have been in a better position. There was like a 50:50 choice. I chose one way, he chose another. More often than not, the way he went was the wrong one, but it just happened to work, so I could only match his pace rather than be quicker.’- he said, as quoted by metro.co.uk George Russell commented on his teammate's statements at the press conference before the Australian GP.
Russell disagrees with his colleague, and believes that there is another factor in the whole story. ‘I don’t think there’s any luck in it at all, I think it’s down to the preparation you put in before the event.
The changes we made overnight [after practice], I knew that was going to be the right direction with the work we did with the team, and I believed it was going to be better than the set-up that Lewis opted for. I think everybody’s got different preferences.
I was happy with the direction I took and the work I’m doing with the engineers.’
Lewis Hamilton explains his statement
After all, Lewis Hamilton decided to explain his statement and to reveal what exactly he meant.
The Brit emphasized that sometimes any F1 driver makes mistakes that lead to consequences. He pointed out that he had made mistakes, but sometimes he knew how to make a great move with sudden changes. ‘I think people probably, from my choice of words at the weekend… I want to reiterate how great a job George did on the weekend.
I think the thing I was commenting on is that there’s one specific thing that you can change in the suspension that you have to do over Friday night. And when you make that change, once you start P3 [final practice], you can’t change it for the rest of the weekend, so when you make that change, you’re basically rolling the dice – sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t.
I’ve done it in the past, sometimes it hasn’t worked, sometimes it has, and it worked great for George and he did a great job. And the thing that I was lacking in the race was a lot of front end, which that setup gives you, so, in hindsight, that would’ve been great.'