George Russell has warned Mercedes were ‘hurt’ by battling with Red Bull during the parts of the Spanish Grand Prix. The Mercedes rookie enjoyed an intense battle with Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez but was unable to hold onto the Red Bull’s pace.
However, he benefited from a mechanical failure from Charles Leclerc to ensure he finished third for the second time in Mercedes colours.
He said: “It hurt us a lot to be honest but when I had the Red Bulls in my mirrors all I was doing was everything to keep them behind but it was an enjoyable couple of laps and I’m pleased to be able to bring it home for P3 and the points for the team. Well done to Max, he did a great job.”