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Brazilian Grand Prix 2022

Russell reveals 'risk vs reward' dilemma in Brazil sprint win

George Russell took P1 in the Brazil sprint race, but revealed his calculations when trying to pass Max Verstappen for the win.

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George Russell has revealed how handled the "risk vs reward" dilemma he had during his successful chase of Max Verstappen in the Brazilian Grand Prix Sprint race.

Starting third on the grid, Russell quickly cleared pole-sitter Kevin Magnussen and set off in pursuit of Verstappen - who had Medium tyres compared to the Softs on the Mercedes.

After two failed attempts at overtaking into Turn 4, Russell eased past on Lap 15 of 24 and pulled away to a comfortable win.

However, speaking post-race, he admitted he had a dilemma during the chase.

Russell dilemma

"It is a little difficult as this is a Sprint race, and you've got to manage the risk vs reward, so even though I wanted to get the victory, I didn't want to risk it that much and risk no points and end up starting at the back," he explained.

"It's crazy to think we have a front row and Lewis did a great job from P8 so it going to be exciting.

"We're going to be flying tomorrow, and we're in a position where we can maybe split the strategy and go for the win.

"We weren't expecting to have that pace, and it just goes to show the hard work everyone is putting in."

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F1 2022 Brazilian Grand Prix RN365 News dossier

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