F1 Why didn’t Mercedes release Russell?

F1 Why didn’t Mercedes release Russell?


Christian Horner expressed surprise that Mercedes did not leave George Russell in the lane to protect Lewis Hamilton after Max Verstappen’s late stop at the Dutch Grand Prix.

The latest change led to Red Bull’s strategists having Verstappen give up his lead in favor of Mercedes to fit the final set of soft tyres.

While Hamilton found himself leading the race and staying on track, the Brackley team brought in Russell, also fitted with a new set of soft rubber. A decision that leaves Horner confused.

“I was surprised they didn’t choose to take George out to protect Lewis and stop Max.comments the main team of Red Bull. On his return, Lewis found himself within range of Max on the worst tyres. »

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Horner justified his team’s decision to bring in Verstappen on the grounds that the Dutchman, running on hard tyres, could be threatened by Hamilton in the final laps of the race.

“It was better for him to be in an attacking position rather than a defensive position, agrees the Englishman. My biggest concern was Max getting caught by two Mercedes. »