Mercedes already showed on Friday and Saturday that they had made a move with the new upgrades, but the big question was whether the German marque could follow through in the Spanish Grand Prix. With a little help from a purring Carlos Sainz and a late Charles Leclerc, George Russell raced to his second podium of the season. The duels with Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez showed that the W13 has made progress. Russell managed to stop the RB18 a few times but eventually had to let them go. Nevertheless he was very satisfied.
When asked by former Formula 1 driver Pedro de la Rosa whether Mercedes is definitely back, the Mercedes driver replies: “I would like to say that. I definitely gave everything to keep Max behind me. Proud to be here and happy to say thank you to everyone at the factory,” says Russell with a big smile. During the race, the Briton received several reports of excessive temperatures, which he didn’t pay much attention to. “Me too heard, but honestly I was busy with both Red Bulls. I’m very happy with my third place. That’s a lot of valuable points. I want to congratulate Max: he did a great job.”
In the final phase, both Mercedes drivers had to hold back. Why this had to happen is not yet clear. It didn’t get any easier for Russell: “The last few laps were really difficult,” he continues. “It was a matter of survival when we were down, so I’m particularly proud of third place.” Thanks were also given to the fans. “The support for Formula 1 is really great at the moment. It’s fantastic to be a part of it.”