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Hamilton Excels in Miami Russell Faces W15 Issues

Hamilton Excels in Miami; Russell Faces W15 Issues

06/05/2024

Lewis Hamilton shone at the Miami GP while George Russell encountered potential issues with his W15.

Lewis Hamilton finished 6th at the Miami Grand Prix for Mercedes F1, putting on a show as he did in yesterday’s Sprint.

The British driver enjoyed himself even though the W15 remains far from the top three cars on the grid. Towards the end of the race, his pace on medium tires matched that of the Red Bulls on hard tires.

“In today’s race, I had some enjoyable battles. I gave everything I had to make progress and managed some good overtakes.”

“We challenged the Red Bulls towards the end, so being able to drive them was great. Today has probably been the best race day I’ve had this year, so we must continue to push.”

“We still have a few small improvements coming for Imola. Others are developing their F1s too, but we will continue to work hard.”

“It’s still a very good day. I’m really happy with the setups, I’ve finally sorted out this issue or at least put my F1 in a better window. Being able to move forward and fight with some drivers, it was great to see the Ferrari and Red Bull in front of me and not pulling away.”

Hamilton is also delighted to see Lando Norris finally win an F1 race.

Mercedes driver Hamilton, who started his career at McLaren, revealed that he had told Norris to cancel his return flight so he could properly celebrate his first victory.

“I’m really happy for Lando. I just told him he had to stay tonight. He’s trying to change his flight. He needs to; he’s just won a race. It’s such a special moment to win your first Grand Prix. Obviously, I started at McLaren and I’m really happy to see them back on top. It’s been a long time.”

Meanwhile, George Russell wants Mercedes to check his F1 after struggling to gain pace during the Miami Grand Prix.

Russell finished a lackluster eighth in Miami, behind Yuki Tsunoda’s RB F1.

It was the first time this season that Russell finished behind Lewis Hamilton, crossing the finish line 18 seconds after him.

Yet, it was another lackluster weekend for Mercedes, who trailed far behind the top three teams.

Russell admitted that “something wasn’t right” with his Mercedes W15.

“I had a really good start, then I think Checo dived inside everyone and took off.”

“I lost a few places when I rejoined the track. These two consecutive days, starting on the outside, have punished me.”

“It was a really tough day for us. We had no pace. We need to check the car because something is not right.”

“We lost a lot of pace compared to what we were expecting.”

Russell was particularly taken aback by the gap to Hamilton towards the end of the race.

“I simply had no pace. It was just much worse than expected. My race pace has been quite strong this year, but compared to Lewis, I was nowhere. We need to check and see what happened, and move forward from there.”

“We scored a few more points but as I said yesterday, we know where we stand as a team: far from where we want to be.”

Russell also praised Norris, his former rival for the F2 title.

“I’m glad to see Lando finally clinch a victory, it was well-deserved for him. He has been doing an incredible job for a long time.”

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