From George Russell’s point of view, there would have been more inside. The Mercedes driver, who finished second in qualifying in Mexico behind Red Bull’s Max Verstappen, apologized to his team five times.
“Sorry, sorry, sorry, sorry, sorry,” he radioed to the pits after the end of qualifying. The Briton, who had already cut a really good figure in the practice sessions, was also lightning fast in qualifying on Saturday. While Verstappen was able to improve on his second attempt, Russell drove over the barriers in the finish. His round was destroyed with it. “There was definitely more possible. Sorry guys,” he said to his racing team. “Want to win races,” but his team boss reassured him. “It probably wouldn’t have worked out (with the pole),” said Toto Wolff in an interview with Sky. And Russell presented himself aggressively despite the brief disappointment: “We’re on P2. That’s still the second-best qualifying session of the year – and we’re in the top three with both cars. But in the end there are points in the race. And we want to win that!”