In Barcelona, Merc was back in contention with the front-runners, with George Russell claiming his 3rd F1 podium.
After demonstrating their develop performance in the Spanish Grand Prix, George Russell honored his pole position to Mercedes.
Notwithstanding Hamilton’s puncture on Lap 1 of 66, which put him at the back of the race, he and Hamilton were capable of completing third and fifth, respectively.
Russell raced side-by-side with the Red Bulls of Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez before finishing the race in third place.
“I’d love to say that, but today was really tough,” Russell remarked when questioned if Mercedes is now back in the battle thanks to their latest improvements.
“I gave everything I could to hold Max off, but he did an amazing job.
“I’m just so proud to be standing here, because the guys have worked so hard, so this one is for the guys back at Brackley and Brixworth.”
Mercedes all smiles but race was not without troubles
Mercedes were on track for a P3 and P4 after Charles Leclerc’s unexpected withdrawal from the racing lead before their racers were told to “lift and coast” over the closing stages. On the closing laps, this enabled Carlos Sainz to pass Hamilton.
Given Hamilton’s incredible comeback, the squad was happy to take home an additional 25 points.
“When I had the Red Bulls in my mirrors, all I was doing was my maximum to keep them behind, and it was an enjoyable good couple of laps,” continued Russell.
“I’m just pleased to be able to bring it home in P3. It’s a lot of points on the board for us. Well done to Max, he did a great job.
“It was very difficult in the last few laps. It was a survival race.”
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