George Russell finished 7th in the 2023 F117 Japanese GP final. He described his remarks on team radio as a “tool to vent frustration.” Russell took on an ambitious one-stop strategy at the Suzuka circuit and finished seventh. It was an eventful race for Russell, who faced off against his teammate Lewis Hamilton.
At the beginning of the race, Russell was spoon-pushed by Hamilton and asked, “Who do we want to fight here?” Each other or someone else? ” came a furious radio message. The drama didn’t stop there, as Mercedes turned down an offer to keep Hamilton behind him until the final lap, when he was forced forward to protect him from a fast-chasing Carlos Sainz. Despite his frustration, Russell gave a calm response to Sky after the race. “It was definitely worth the gamble,” Russell said. “The third stop was closer and faster than the first stop.” “But with the first stop, if the safety car or red flag came out, we had a chance to finish third.” “In the end, we didn’t have a chance.” But the final result was reasonable.”When you’re in the car, doing 48 laps, giving it your all, trying to pull off a less-than-optimal strategy, the radio is a tool to vent your frustrations. It was difficult to overtake and Piastri was on fresher tires. In hindsight it’s easy. “My goal now is to win as a team in the constructors’ championship. Personally speaking, the drivers are out the window. We missed a lot of chances.” George Russell: “I want to take today as a positive, although I didn’t think the one-stop strategy was optimal at the start. , it went better than expected. But in the end, we didn’t have the pace to break into the top positions. It was good to try something different, but in the end we didn’t know how fast we were. I was able to express myself correctly. I think I did the best I could today. There were a lot of hard but fair races today. I had good pace in the beginning, so I was trying to move forward. I was pushing towards the end. I think in the end, no matter what we did, the result would have been the same. That’s a good thing, it’s part of motorsport. It was a difficult weekend overall here at Suzuka. Here’s why it happened. I understand and will come back stronger for the next round in Qatar.”
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