I did not need to be too aggressive with Lewis Hamilton at 2022 F1 Mexican GP begin

Mercedes driver George Russell revealed that he was too cautious about Lewis Hamilton being on his aspect when the race began. Russell mentioned that he did not need to be too aggressive in opposition to Hamilton at first.

Russell acknowledged that that is the explanation he misplaced two locations within the first lap and likewise believes that he would have completed P2 if he wasn’t that cautious. The 24-year-old driver mentioned that he knew he could not have overtaken Max Verstappen on the surface, however then again, he had Hamilton on the within.

Russell informed Motorsport.com:

“I knew I would not have been capable of overtake Max [Verstappen] on the surface, however having Lewis on the within I did not need to be too aggressive, clearly him being my team-mate.”

George Russell began P2 on the grid and Lewis Hamilton was proper behind him. Nevertheless, after the lights went out, each the Mercedes drivers have been shut sufficient to comply with up Max Verstappen (who began on pole), however since Hamilton had the higher hand on the within line of the observe, Russell needed to decelerate.

Russell went extensive out of flip three, giving Hamilton the place. He then battled wheel-to-wheel from Perez on flip 4, however misplaced the place to the Mexican on gentle tires. George believes that if he had battled and maintained the place, he would have completed P2 within the race. He additional mentioned:

“And finally that that price me and prompted me to lose two positions. So finally if I had managed to take care of place, I in all probability would have completed second as we speak.”

George Russell admits his errors within the earlier races

George Russell gave one other reasoning for his cautious drive on the 2022 F1 Mexican GP. He acknowledged the errors he had made prior to now few races and acknowledged that his previous errors have been one of many causes for not being aggressive at first of the race. The Briton mentioned:

“However I’ve had a little bit of a scrappy final three races on my behalf, too many incidents, too many errors. And that was in all probability an element of taking it too cautiously. And there is a stability in there someplace.”

The newest such incident that George Russell had was on the 2022 F1 United States GP when he crashed into Carlos Sainz’s Ferrari on flip 1 at first of the race. This meant that Sainz (who began on pole) needed to retire from the race and Russell was awarded a 5-second time penalty.

George Russell additionally partially blamed the workforce’s technique for the result of the race. Each Mercedes drivers began on mediums after which shifted to hards. Nevertheless, he believes {that a} medium-soft technique or doing extra laps on mediums after which shifting to softs on the finish would have been higher.

Daniel Ricciardo was the one who did the medium-soft technique and pulled off an incredible end result because the medium tires lasted for longer than the groups anticipated. George Russell revealed that he was dissatisfied that he could not do the identical.

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