George Russell saved the Italian Grand Prix for Mercedes by taking third place at Monza. Those with the silver arrows were inferior to the Red Bulls and the Ferraris , something that was already seen in the classification, and after a few laps of the race the lack of pace with respect to the leaders was reaffirmed.
The British starred in a consistent race, without making mistakes, aware that he at least aspired to be ahead of the F1-75 of a Carlos Sainz who came back from 18th position on the grid after applying his penalty for changing engine elements.
He succeeded, with Race Direction ending the contest behind the Safety Car by mismanaging the final laps in which Daniel Ricciardo’s McLaren was stopped at the two Lesmo corners.
“I am happy because, in the end, we managed to get on the podium both when we are fast and when we are slow”, said the Mercedes driver smiling at the end of the event before going up to receive his trophy and, above all, the points that bring him closer Sergio ‘Checo’ Pérez in the battle for third place in the drivers’ championship.
“As a team, unfortunately, this weekend we have not achieved the level of performance that we expected, but if we look at the results of the last races, we have achieved two podium finishes and a fourth place. We have to be satisfied with what we have achieved.” expressed the British of the German team.
In the house of Mercedes they ended up recognizing the superiority of Max Verstappen and Charles Leclerc, leaving little room for Russell’s comeback or attempt to fight: “We had to think of something different in terms of strategy if we wanted to fight with Max and Charles, but unfortunately today they were much faster than us”.
“I’m still happy because we’ve tried something alternative, but for now it’s what we have to do because of the position we’re in,” said the young Englishman.
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