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Russell: I made too many errors

Russell: I made too many errors

Russell: I made too many errors

George Russell finished the 2024 Canadian GP on the podium having started from pole but rued too many errors in the 70-lap race.

Mercedes showed great pace in qualifying with their upgraded W15 and the result was pole for Russell who posted an identical time to Max Verstappen in Q3, but crucially did that before the Dutchman did.

In the race though, the Mercedes driver could not keep his race lead and while he fended off Verstappen early on, he couldn’t do the same with Lando Norris and made a mistake when the McLaren driver passed him, allowing Verstappen to pass as well.

He later had a clash with Oscar Piastri which cost him a place to teammate Lewis Hamilton, which he managed to retake to finish third.

Speaking in Mercedes’ post race report, Russell said: “I’m disappointed with myself today. I made too many errors that set us back and cost us a chance of victory.

“I was really pushing the limits out there. That said, it feels great to be disappointed with P3. We’ve made small steps over the past few races and to come to Canada, get pole position and a podium is really encouraging. We’ve been one of the fastest cars on track all weekend, so we’ve definitely made progress. There are many positives to take away from here,” he explained.

“The conditions were incredibly challenging out there,” Russell went on. “Put a wheel even one millimetre off line and you would be in trouble. Unfortunately, the errors I made came with consequences as it let other cars past. Other drivers made errors too, but they didn’t come at the same cost.

“We were still able to battle back to the podium though with the pace we had. We will continue to work hard, develop the car, and I’m looking forward to heading to Barcelona,” he concluded.

Hamilton: It wasn’t the best weekend

After showing promise in practice, Hamilton qualified only seventh, but rose to fourth at the end of the race, he commented: “We scored some good points for the team today.

“We’re also looking like we’ve made a step closer to the front this weekend which is really encouraging. Thank you so much to everyone at Brackley and Brixworth who has worked so hard to deliver our recent updates. It has moved us in the right direction, and we will continue to put the effort in to continue that progress.

“On my side, it wasn’t the best weekend,” the seven-time Formula 1 Champion added. “We had the pace to be fighting higher up but we ultimately ended up with P4.

“I’ll go away and work out what I need to do to come back stronger. I made too many mistakes overall but the positive I will take away is the performance of the car,” he concluded.

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff hailed his team’s first podium of 2024 and all the hard work being done behind the scenes at Brackley and Brixworth.

Wolff: We could have achieved more

“It has been an encouraging weekend,” Wolff said. “We have taken the right steps recently and brought updates that are working well. Directionally, we seem to be adding performance every Grand Prix.

“Everyone at Brackley and Brixworth continues to work incredibly hard and it’s great to see their efforts rewarded with our first podium of the year. I hope that we can continue this positive trajectory.

“Looking ahead to Barcelona, it’s a circuit that really tests a car. We are excited to go there and truly understand where we are performance wise,” he pointed out.

“Today’s race was a challenging one,” Wolff admitted. “When you finish P3 and P4, given where we have finished in recent races, then of course it is positive.

But in a subtle swipe at his drivers, the Austrian added: “Both drivers know that we could have achieved more though. We certainly could have taken one or two more positions and then maybe have fought for victory.

“It is a little bittersweet therefore but ultimately, if you had said to us before the weekend that we would be third and fourth, then we would have taken it,” he concluded.