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‘Lady luck’ helped Russell in Verstappen battle

Mercedes admit that George Russell's defence against Red Bull's Max Verstappen in Spain was part skill, part luck. The Spanish Grand Prix was a key test for the Mercedes W13 in its current configuration, the team having struggled to control its bouncing habit in the opening rounds, which had led to performance issues. But at a race where Mercedes could directly compare their ‘zero-pod' approach to their more conventional sidepods used in Barcelona in pre-season, the W13 delivered, Mercedes moving much closer to the battle at the front. Although Ferrari and Red Bull do maintain a pace advantage, Russell was very much in the mix at the Spanish Grand Prix, even leading the race at one...
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