George Russell talked about his teammate in Mercedes, British superstar driver Lewis Hamilton. He said to Moto.it: "Everyone obviously wants to stay ahead of their teammate, but Lewis and I are not interested in fighting for fifth and sixth position.
We want to work together to close the gap from those who precede us and not. there is no grudge if he finishes in front of me or vice versa. At the moment we are looking at a bigger picture, we are here to win and we must try to catch up with Ferrari and Red Bull.
We are aware that we have a lot of work to do, but I'm confident because we know the potential of the car."
What happened in the firsts 3 GP of the season
Charles LeClerc on Ferrari also wins the Melbourne GP, the third round of the F1 season, extending into the World Championship thanks to the retirement of Max Verstappen.
On the podium Perez and Russell. Immediately outside Carlos Sainz, who ends up in the gravel on lap 2. Out also Sebastian Vettel. The Ferrari driver wins the Australian GP and flies to +34 in the standings: Max Verstappen is at -46.
LeClerc got pole, victory, fastest lap, and the whole race in the lead. Ferrari driver explained after the victory: "Unexpected superiority in the race, in qualifying we were faster but we thought the gap was smaller with Red Bull.
The car was a beast today. The only point to improve is the restart after the race. safety car, but apart from that it was a good race." Then Charles added: "I rode the race alone, I wanted to find a way to motivate myself and that's why I asked for the fastest lap.
It went well and I'm happy. In F1 it is the first race in We checked the lead a bit. What a car we had today, honestly. Clearly we did a good job all weekend, but it wouldn't have been possible without a car like this. Especially in the race pace we were extremely strong.
The tires have I managed very well from the first to the last lap. We managed them very well. I'm delighted. Restarts? After the Safety Car they were difficult. I had enormous understeer in the last corner and I thought it would be difficult to keep my position.
ition. But then we managed to do it and after the first two three corners I regained grip and pace. Clearly we are only in the third race, it is difficult to think about the championship, but to be honest we have a very strong, very reliable car and for now we have always been there.
We hope to continue like this. If we succeed we will have a chance to win the championship. This makes me smile after two difficult years like the last, for the team and for me." Ferrari returned to victory in the first GP of the new F1 season, raced in Bahrain.
Charles Leclerc dominated the whole weekend in Bahrain, taking his third career victory with Ferrari, a car that this year, from the first outings, seems reliable and fast. In Jeddah, Max Verstappen won ahed of LeClerc and Sainz.
In the press conference Leclerc said: "Pole position, fastest lap, victory: a dream start, and I'm really happy, in these terribly difficult years we thought it would be the moment for redemption, and it has arrived.
incredible work giving us a fantastic car and everything went well, even with Carlos' double: we couldn't have done better. Thanks to the fans, to everyone who has supported us in recent years: an incredible job has been done to get back to the top and now I am incredibly happy.
Safety car? Actually, I wished it wasn't there, but I was able to get off to a great start and manage the situation." Carlos Sainz, second behind his team mate and ahead of Lewis Hamiltomn on Mercedes, said: "Ferrari is really back and with this double they are in the places this team should always occupy.
For me it was a bit of a complicated day. but I managed to get it right. Verstappen was unlucky, he deserved second place but it went so much better for Ferrari. You can't imagine how hard we worked to get to this result and finally it was a really fantastic day for everyone. We have a nice and fast car and now. We have to make the most of it. "