The accident happened at the beginning of British GP last weekend marked the event. Despite the great competition that followed, the big incident that saw Guanyu Zhou’s car take the most damage also ended in George Russell’s race. Despite this, Mercedes boss Toto Wolff preferred to praise the Englishman for the attitude he had.
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Russell was in the middle of the crash. It was a contact between him and Pierre Gasly that ended with the Mercedes car hitting it head-on into Zhou’s Alfa Romeo, which took off, skidded down and overturned over the tire barrier, coming to rest in the fence. Russell got out of the car and immediately ran to where Zhou’s overturned bolide was. He climbed into the tire block and left only when he was informed that everything was fine with the Chinese.
“George certainly had the pace to come back from eighth place. [posição de largada]. It’s a shame he didn’t make it, but we’re proud of the character he showed after that incident.”
Moreover, he took advantage of the days that had passed since then for another weekend analysis.
“It was a fantastic weekend at Silverstone, with a great crowd and a very competitive performance from our side,” he said.
“This shows our hard work in updating the car, and the circuit also helped us. It brought out the strongest parts of our current set-up.
“Lewis has had a good race and has been involved in several major battles. It was possible to have a better result if things had happened differently”, he praised.
The Mercedes boss also spoke a little about the prospects of the Austrian GP, a race that Mercedes has won just once in the last four years – with Valtteri Bottas, in 2020. Hamilton has won the race only once, in 2016.
“I’m also looking forward to it being my home race. It’s a very different track to Silverstone and it hasn’t always suited us in the past, but the cars have changed a lot since the last time we were at Spielberg. We’ll be as prepared as we can be this time.”
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