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russell gutted f1

Russell: I’m absolutely gutted, the car felt so good

russell gutted f1

British Formula 1 fans were treated to two locals in the top three split by a Dutchman at Sunday’s Grand Prix and they rightfully celebrated Lewis Hamilton’s win and Lando Norris’ P3 on a day when it may’ve been all Englishmen on the podium at Silverstone.

But George Russell was absent. After claiming pole on Saturday, denying his Mercedes teammate a 105th pole position start, he went on to lead the first 17 laps of the 2024 British GP. After the pitstops he seemed podium-bound, until lap 33 when he was told to park the car.

It was a story of could’ve, might’ve and if only. In the end, the 26-year-old Mercedes driver did not add to his 13 F1 career podiums, or take a third win obviously.

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Instead, it was his illustrious teammate Hamilton, who showed how formidable he can be in the right conditions, and always finding something extra in front of the chanting locals, cherishing his win on home soil for an incredible ninth time.

Hamilton’s victory story has been told, but what about Russell? Here’s what he had to say in the media pen ahead of an earlier shower than he may have anticipated: “I’m absolutely gutted. About 10 laps before I had to retire, I could see temperature alarms on my steering wheel. We had a water system issue we were battling and unfortunately, it won out.”

Nevertheless, Russell was humble in the aftermath and acknowledged what was Hamilton’s last victory as a Mercedes driver at Silverstone: “Congratulations to Lewis and the team though. He drove a great race and it’s a fully deserved victory. We’ve both been pushing so hard to help the team develop the car and it’s great to see that paying off.”

Russell: It’s been an amazing weekend for us as a team

2024 British Grand Prix qualifying report and highlights: George Russell Mercedes F1

Mercedes appear to have finally ‘cracked’ their car. Unlike earlier in the season, with James Allison pulling the strings again in the garage, they know where the ‘Go-Fast’ switch is located on the hitherto troublesome Mercedes W15.

“The car felt so good,” acknowledged Russell. “We knew it was going to be a long race with the weather conditions. When the rain first came down, we struggled a little. We were able to find our pace again though and it would have been an interesting battle to the end.

“Nevertheless, it’s been an amazing weekend for us as a team. We can be proud of what we’ve achieved and look forward to the final two races before the summer break with excitement,” declared Russell.

While celebrating Hamilton’s return to the top step of the podium (something not done for nearly 1000 days) Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff lamented his other driver’s misfortune: “George was unfortunate.

“He has been so strong recently and took a fantastic pole position. Sadly, we had to retire his car with a water system issue. He would have likely been in position to fight for the win were it not for that,” reckoned Wolff.

Mercedes trackside boss Andy Shovline echoed his TP: “It was a difficult race for George. We were monitoring a cooling system on his car from the early laps and unfortunately, that got to a stage where we had to retire the car.

“He can hold his head up high though. He put together a fantastic lap to take pole position and showed that he had the pace to control the race in stint one,” observed Shovlin. It was Russell’s second DNF of the season.

The win puts Hamilton on 110 points in P8 on the 2024 F1 Drivers’ standings after 12 Rounds, one behind Russell who is P7. Red Bull’s Max Verstappen leads, he is on 255 points. Mercedes are P4 in the Constructors’ points table.