Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff praised the teamwork of his drivers, Lewis Hamilton and George Russell. After Hamilton allowed Russell to pass him during the F1 Miami GP. Mercedes had issued team instructions via their radio, asking Hamilton not to obstruct Russell’s charge. Hamilton complied, allowing Russell to finish in fourth place, while the seven-time world champion finished in sixth.
Wolff commented that he did not expect any issues from requesting Hamilton to prioritise Russell in that moment. Stating that both drivers were straightforward and on good levels. This comes in contrast to the ongoing tension between Red Bull teammates Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez as they battle for the F1 Miami GP title.
Mercedes’s decision to allow Russell to pass was based on a strategic move. They hoped to gain an advantage by having Russell race ahead of Esteban Ocon. The team was pleased with Russell’s performance, considering his starting position in 13th place.
Wolff also commented on the dynamics between Hamilton and Russell. Stating that they were both exceptional drivers who had a good relationship. The subject of teammate relationships has been a point of interest this season, with Red Bull’s Christian Horner teasing Wolff about Red Bull’s handling of Verstappen and Perez.
Overall, Mercedes was satisfied with their performance at the F1 Miami Grand Prix, with their teamwork and strategic decisions paying off in the end.