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George Russell

Russell responds to Hamilton's 'wrong setup' claims: 'It wasn't down to luck'

George Russell responded to a suggestion that there was a degree of fortune in picking the right setup for the Saudi Arabian GP, where he finished ahead of Lewis Hamilton.

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George Russell has refuted a suggestion that his Saudi Arabian GP performance, where he finished ahead of Lewis Hamilton, was down to a fortunate setup advantage.

Russell manged to qualify several places ahead of his seven-time World Champion teammate in Jeddah, and converted the advantage into a strong race performance.

The Briton claimed P4 and almost inherited a podium finish after Fernando Alonso's post-race penalty dispute.

After the race, Hamilton said that the performance difference between the two Mercedes drivers was down to Russell's car setup choice which would 'usually be wrong'.

Speaking ahead of the Australian Grand Prix, Russell was asked if he felt there was a degree of luck in his setup decisions in Jeddah.

"I don't think there's any luck in it at all, I think it's down to the preparation you put in before the event, and the changes we made overnight," Russell told media.

"I knew that was going to be the right direction with the work we did with the team, and I believed it was going to be better than the setup that Lewis opted for.

"I think everybody's got different preferences. I was happy with the direction I took and the work I'm doing with with the engineers."

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