Toto Wolff was raging with so much anger that he could not watch a replay of his team’s huge “f**k up” which cost Mercedes a one-two finish at the Sakhir Grand Prix. George Russell, deputising for Lewis Hamilton, was on course for his first career victory when disaster struck.
Wolff worked so hard in persuading Williams to part company with their star for a one-off race.
And Russell excelled in his first taste of a Championship-winning car.
The 22-year-old started in second place on the grid, alongside team-mate Valtteri Bottas.
And the Brit got off to the perfect start as burst into the lead on the opening lap.
Russell led for the majority of the race but Mercedes messed up a double-stacked pit stop, fixing Bottas’ tyres to Russell’s car.
“I’ve had races where I’ve had victories taken away from me, but twice? I just couldn’t believe it. I gave it everything I had.
“I was managing the race at the start, I felt confident, comfortable, managing the gap to Valtteri. Then obviously we had the muddle up in the pit-stop, that put us on the back foot, I had to overtake.
“I think we still could have caught Sergio, we had such a tyre advantage, the car was so quick. Gutted. But incredibly proud of what we have achieved and happy to have had the opportunity.”
Published at Mon, 07 Dec 2020 00:00:00 +0000