“Ugly race on my behalf,” George Russell apologises to Mercedes after chaotic P3 in Canadian GP

George Russell started the Canadian GP from pole position.

“Ugly race on my behalf,” George Russell apologises to Mercedes after chaotic P3 in Canadian GP

George Russell (Via: Imago)

Mercedes driver, George Russell seemed dejected after the race in Montreal despite scoring his first podium of the 2024 season. Russell started the 70-lap race from pole position, after a terrific performance in qualifying.

Mercedes looked fast throughout the weekend at the Canadian Grand Prix, with both drivers, Lewis Hamilton and George Russell, performing well in the practice sessions. However, it was Russell who set an impressive time at the end of Q3 to take pole position for the race.

Russell started the race strong and led the first 19 laps on the intermediate tires as rain struck the first part of the race. He then lost his position to Max Verstappen, who was the ultimate winner of the Canadian Grand Prix.

Ugly race on my behalf, ugly race on my behalf. Sorry about that.
George Russell said on the radio post race in Montreal

The Brit rushed through to make a move on McLaren’s Oscar Piastri during the closing stages of the race, which cost him a higher finish and a possible chance to fight Max Verstappen for the win. The Brit went off track after a miscalculated move on the McLaren. Russell pondered over his mistakes after the end of the race but managed to score Mercedes’ first podium of the season in an otherwise successful outing for the team.

George Russell recalls positives from the Canadian GP

While Russell was disappointed at the end of the Montreal race, he talked about the improvement in performance for Mercedes after finishing on the podium. He put on a tireless performance, battling off the likes of McLaren and Red Bull throughout the 70 laps in Montreal.

George Russell
George Russell (Via: Imago)
It felt like a missed opportunity to be honest, we had good pace at the beginning on the inters, made a couple of mistakes out there pushing the limits. To be back in the mix fighting for victory, that's what Formula 1 is about.
George Russell said in his post-race interview

Mercedes performed to the best of their abilities, as both their drivers, George Russell and Lewis Hamilton, managed their highest finishes of the 2024 season. The former claims little mistakes on his part due to the changing weather conditions cost him and his team the victory after a powerful weekend for the Silver Arrows. However, despite everything, he is content with the team’s rejuvenated fighting spirit after a long time.

Lewis Hamilton managed to finish the race P4 after an exciting battle with George Russell during the closing stages of the race, which concludes a successful weekend for the German team. Mercedes will look to further work on their shortcomings and mistakes in an attempt to perfect their car and strategies for the Spanish Grand Prix.

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