Russell “rubs hands together” with rain forecast in F1 Hungarian GP

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Starting from his first F1 pole position, the Mercedes driver chose to start the race in Hungary on soft tires while the Ferraris directly behind him chose the mediums.

With heavy rain predicted for the start of the race, Russell said he was “rubbing his hands together” in anticipation of the soft tire advantage, with the red-walled rubber being better suited to slippery conditions.

But when the rain didn’t come up, he was restrained by the Ferraris and forced into the pits earlier, showing him on the mediums later in the race.

“It was always going to be a tricky afternoon because there was rain in the sky all the time,” said Russell, who finished third.

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“Normally when you’re on pole position and it spits you’re pretty disappointed, but knowing I was on the soft tires I rubbed my hands a bit.

“I made a very good start, the first four laps were very strong and narrowed the gap to three seconds to Carlos [Sainz] and unfortunately the rain stopped so the medium tires came into their own but we still had a good first stint and we got into the pits early both times to cover Max and cover the Ferraris and in the end Max was too fast today for us.

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“That put us in a very tricky position in that last stint on the mediums and I was already having a bit of a hard time and my engineer said 25 laps to go and the rain started to fall and the temperatures dropped so I thought it was a would be tricky. last few laps.”

George Russell, Mercedes W13, Charles Leclerc, Ferrari F1-75

Photo By: Zak Mauger / Motorsport Images

After being skipped by Verstappen of pit stops on the second lap, Russell then conceded his position to Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton, who was on the soft tires for the final stint to drop to third at the finish after he outs Sainz. the neighborhood had remained.

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“Lewis did a great job and had a much better pace at the end. He had a very strong middle stint,” said Russell.

“I think as a team we have a lot to be proud of, we did everything right for both of us, to give us the best chance as a team to fight for the win. Unfortunately it didn’t go our way today, but as a team we did everything right.”

Russell has risen to fourth in the F1 drivers’ standings, two points ahead of Sainz, thanks to his fifth podium of the season.

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