I’m happy with the way it all ended

George Russell; photo: Mercedes

The Mercedes drivers finished third and fifth in Italian Grand Prix. George Russell took the podium. Lewis Hamilton started from 19th position at the start, and at the finish he was 14 places ahead.

“Unfortunately this weekend we weren’t in the position we want as a team. But as I said on the radio, it doesn’t matter if we’re fast or slow – we keep racking up podiums,” commented Russell

“Of the three races in a row, two were very difficult. However, I took two podiums and finished fourth once, so we have to be happy with that. Today we had to do something different if we wanted to fight the Max [Верстапен] and Charles [Льоклер]. So we went hard on the pits, but they were just too fast. That’s all we were able to do from our position. Now we have some time to recharge, regroup and prepare for the final part of the season to take advantage of every opportunity that arises.”

Hamilton said he had discussed with the team in the morning that it was possible for him to finish between sixth and fourth

“It always seems a bit exaggerated when you talk about it before the race, but I really enjoyed myself until I got to fifth place,” continued the seven-time world champion.

“I was struggling with the car at the beginning – the tires were overheating with a lot of fuel in the traffic. We’ve started to make progress with the race rollout. It was great to work my way into the column after the pit stops. In the end we stayed on the track to maintain our position. The fight could have been serious if the race had been restarted, so I’m happy with the way it ended!”

“We knew our weekend would be difficult because of the powertrain penalty. That’s why I’m happy with the fifth place. I got everything I could out of the car. It’s not our best track, but we did our best as a team. I’m also hoping for better weekends for the rest of the season,” concluded Hamilton.

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