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Russell P5, Hamilton P6 in Inaugural Miami Grand Prix

Russell P5, Hamilton P6 in Inaugural Miami Grand Prix

George Russell and Lewis Hamilton each overcame hardships in Sunday’s inaugural Miami Grand Prix to secure P5 and P6, respectively, allowing the Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 team to maximize its points through the challenging weekend.

Starting P12 on the grid, the team opted to run an offset strategy for Russell, starting him on hard compound tires and running an extended stint. Russell took advantage of a safety car on lap 40 to make his one stop of the race at P5. The safety car had ill timing for Hamilton, however, and he was later passed by Russell on fresher tires. Before the pass, Hamilton had overcome the loss of several positions and opening-lap contact to charge back to P6.

“We maximized our points today,” said Toto Wolff, team principal & CEO of the Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team. “With George’s starting position, we could afford to roll the dice on a long stint on the hard [tires], and it worked out for him with the safety car while it was unfortunate for Lewis. We were third-quickest on the road, this is where we are. We don’t sometimes show it in qualifying, but in the races, we’re generally better. We had a good Friday but didn’t quite understand why that was. We will be looking at all the data we’ve generated this weekend, working through the sessions on Friday to better understand the strong performance, and take those learnings back to Europe.”

The F1 season resumes for the Spanish Grand Prix on May 22 at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya. Live coverage begins at 9 a.m. on ESPN2.

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