Mercedes, the gamble does not pay: Hamilton fourth but potentially in the front row

Mercedes will have done the rain dance for at least Saturday in Montreal. Lewis Hamilton has conquered the fourth position and will therefore start from the second row, despite having the possibility of setting an even better time, but the timing with the checkered flag was not favorable to the English champion. Russell, on the other hand, was unable to take advantage of this real godsend for the world champion team, risking a slick tire that could have transformed him into a hero, and which instead relegated him to eighth position effectively losing the last five minutes of Q3. .

“In the wet free practice session we had some difficulties, but the two riders seemed much happier in qualifying – said Andrew Shovlin, Mercedes track technical director. Rain never makes life easy for you, it’s even more complicated with a car that’s not good in dry conditions, so we’re happy with Lewis’ fourth position. We could have done better on the last try, but you never know when a flag can come out, be it yellow or red, so we can’t be disappointed. George tried the slicks, a courageous choice and which, despite not having borne the fruits of him, shows how ready he is to take risks in order to go to pole position. The conditions should be very different today and on Friday we struggled due to a lack of grip, but we managed to change a lot of things on the car so we hope it has improved for a competitive race ”.

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