George Russell has said he has ‘mixed feelings’ over the result he earned at the Miami Grand Prix, with the Briton battling well to earn a P5 finish.
Russell has got the unique record this season of being the only man to finish in the top 5 at every race in 2022, and he certainly worked hard to preserve that on Sunday in Miami.
Starting in the midfield after a difficult qualifying session, the former Williams driver opted to go long on his set of tyres in the hope that a Safety Car period would allow him to get a cheap stop to change rubber and then make gains on the field.
That is exactly what happened, too, as a Safety Car was called for an incident between Lando Norris and Pierre Gasly, and Russell was able to pit from P5 to drop to P7, before getting back into 5th on fresh tyres as he overtook Valtteri Bottas after the Finn had made an error and team-mate Lewis Hamilton who was on far older Pirellis.
A good result all things considered, but Russell said he had mixed feelings given how strong he was looking on Friday where he was in the top two for both practice sessions:
“I think it is mixed feelings to be honest because based on where we were yesterday it is a good result,” he said to Sky Sports.
“But if you had told me after Friday we would finish P5 and P6 that far behind P1 I would have been disappointed so we have a fast race car in there we just don’t have the key to unlock the performance.
“We don’t quite understand why that is so there is work to do.
“I felt like if I pushed any further I was going to crash because I was just bouncing through the corners and it wasn’t much nicer today but because of the slower speeds, the aero wasn’t working as hard so I could manage it but we don’t get it at the moment to be honest, I certainly don’t.
“It is frustrating but we will get there.”
Russell also said on the late battle with Hamilton:
“When you are battling with your team-mate you have to show a bit of respect, more room than normal and I went a bit wide but it is so dirty offline round this circuit and I had to do it all over again.
“I enjoyed it and there is good respect between us but Lewis was unlucky today on those old, hard tyres there is a lot of work to do.”
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