System 1 |  Mercedes F1: Russell denies being ‘selfish’ at Zandvoort

System 1 | Mercedes F1: Russell denies being ‘selfish’ at Zandvoort

After the Dutch Grand Prix, George Russell was accused on social networks of selfishness, as he made the decision to stop during the last safety car to put soft rubber.

Lewis Hamilton could not stop, and some Internet users thought that Russell had decided to change his tires – and it was he who gave this to the Mercedes F1 from the cockpit – to the detriment of his colleague. Now he denies this idea.

“Personally, I thought we were all going to the pit” he remembers the Englishman. “I got behind Nicholas [Latifi]I told him to hurry because I was afraid of being overtaken [Charles] Leclerc who was a little behind.”

“But then I had a little gap with Lewis, so I was a little surprised he didn’t argue. But I knew after that there wasn’t enough time. everything was ready, and that’s why he didn’t do it. stop.”

“Think” before you send hateful messages

Russell has seen a lot of aggressive responses to the Mercedes F1 twitter post, and he blames it. He also confirms that Mercedes is working with a special company to automatically moderate his Twitter posts.

“It’s really sad to see this go on week after week, based on the latest news. There’s just too much going on, and I don’t think there’s anything we can do as an organization.”

“You have to go beyond that, to the people running the social media channels, the government. There’s a lot going on, and we’re doing everything we can to get those accounts reported.”

“As a team, we’re working with the organization to try to mitigate this, and that’s what we’re doing. But at the end of the day, that doesn’t stop the person behind the computer from sending this tweet or this post, or whatever.”

“The message of getting information is: If you’re going to post something, think twice. Are you going to add something positive or negative? If it’s in a negative way, don’t. C It’s a shame to see this.”