F1 Why did not Mercedes sacrifice Russell?

F1 Why did not Mercedes sacrifice Russell?

Christian Horner was stunned Mercedes did not depart George Russell on observe to guard Lewis Hamilton after Max Verstappen’s late cease on the Dutch Grand Prix.

The most recent neutralization prompted Purple Bull strategists to make Verstappen hand over his main place in favor of Mercedes as a way to placed on a closing set of sentimental tyres.

Whereas Hamilton discovered himself main the race and remained on the observe, the Brackley staff introduced in Russell, additionally to placed on a brand new set of sentimental rubbers. A call that leaves Horner perplexed.

“I used to be fairly stunned they did not select to sacrifice George to guard Lewis and block Max.feedback the Purple Bull staff principal. When he returned, Lewis discovered himself inside firing vary of Max on worse tyres. »

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Horner justified his staff’s determination to usher in Verstappen on the grounds that the Dutchman, working on the laborious tire, may need been threatened by Hamilton within the closing rounds of the race.

“It was higher for him to be in an attacking place slightly than a defensive one, admits the Briton. My largest concern was Max being mobbed by the 2 Mercedes. »

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