George Russell (Mercedes/3rd): “It’s ugly” / Formula 1

Mercedes driver George Russell finished third at the traditional Canadian GP in Montreal. The 26-year-old is on his 12th GP winner’s podium and was displeased: “That was ugly!”

You can’t complain about third place at the Canadian Grand Prix at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, and George Russell also achieved his first podium in 2024, finishing in the top three after the 2023 World Cup final in Abu Dhabi.

But the 26-year-old Mercedes driver was not satisfied. “It was a very ugly race on my part and I’m very sorry,” gushed the Brit during the run-off lap.

Russell (who now has twelve podium finishes like Stefan Johansson and Robert Kubica) started from pole position and feels he could have had more on the day.

Russell talks about his race: “We missed an opportunity today. At the start of the Grand Prix we had good pace on the intermediate tyres.

“It didn’t go well on dry tyres, there were some mistakes on my part when I tried to stay on the limit. I shouldn’t be too upset, after all, I was able to achieve my first podium of the season. We made clear progress, as Lewis and I were able to show in the race.”

At times even team boss Toto Wolff called on the radio like a school teacher. “Concentrate, George! Concentrate!”

Russell continued: “Max struggled at times but we did enough to steal the lead from him. But lately I haven’t been able to keep up with him on the medium hard tires. That was also a problem in the fight with Oscar Piastre, I went off the track again and lost a place to Lewis.

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“It was at least second place for me because who knows if I could have done something in the end. But I have to focus on the positive.

“It was very close against Piastre and Hamilton. It was hard, but I think it was fair. If you only have one fast lane, this lane is very difficult to hit. You have to risk everything and at the same time trust your opponents not to do anything stupid.

Canada-GB, Circuit Gilles Villeneuve

01. Max Verstappen (NL), Red Bull Racing, 1:45:47,927 hrs.
02. Lando Norris (GB), McLaren, +3,879 sec
03. George Russell (GB), Mercedes, +4,317
04. Lewis Hamilton (GB), Mercedes, +4,915
05. Oscar Piastre (AUS), McLaren, +10,199
06. Fernando Alonso (E), Aston Martin, +17,510
07. Lance Stroll (CTN), Aston Martin, +23,625
08. Daniel Ricciardo (AUS), Racing Bulls, +28,672
09. Pierre Gasly (F), Alpine, +30,021
10. Esteban Ocon (F), Alpine, +30,313
11. Nico Hulkenberg (D), Haas, +30,824
12. Kevin Magnussen (DK), Haas, +31.253
13. Valtteri Bottas (FIN), Sauber, +40.487
14. Yuki Tsunoda (J), Racing Bulls, +52,694
15. Guanyu Zhou (RCH), Sauber, +1 Runde
Carlos Sainz (E), Ferrari, crash
Alex Alban (D), Williams, crash
Sergio Perez (MEX), Red Bull Racing, crashed
Charles Leclerc (MC), Ferrari, motor
Logan Sargent (USA), Williams, crash

World Championship standings (after 9 of 24 Grands Prix and 2 of 6 Sprints)

01. Verstappen 194 points
02. Leclerc 138
03. Norris 131
04. Signs 108
05. Perez 107
06. Plates 81
07. Russell 69
08. Hamilton 55
09. Alonso 41
10. Tsunoda 19
11. Promenade 17
12. Ricciardo 9
13. Oliver Pearman (GB) 6
14. Hulkenberg 6
15. Casely 3
16. Alphonse 2
17. Okon 2
18. Magnussen 1
19. So 0
20. Potas 0
21. Sergeant 0

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Constructors’ Cup
01. Red Bull Racing 301 Point
02. Ferrari 252
03. McLaren 212
04. Mercedes 124
05. Aston Martin 58
06. Racing Bulls 28
07. Haas 7
08. Alpine 5
09. Williams 2
10. Saber 0

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