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F1 | Austrian GP | Hamilton and Russell "encouraged" by W13's pace in spite of incidents ending early Mercedes' qualifying

Both Mercedes' challengers ended up qualifying for the Austrian GP on the barriers. George Russell, Lewis Hamilton, and Toto Wolff talked to the media ahead of Saturday's Sprint Race.

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F1 | Austrian GP | Hamilton and Russell "encouraged" by W13's pace in spite of incidents ending early Mercedes' qualifying
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Qualifying at Spielberg set to decide the starting positions for the Sprint Race at the Austrian GP on Saturday ended fatefully for the World Champion Team, as both Mercedes drivers put the car in the barriers in Q3 in the Red Bull Ring.

Lewis Hamilton spoke to the media after the session and expressed be was “very disappointed” on how the day turned out to finish, as the W13 seemed to be performing surprisingly well, but finally having the seven times World Champion starting tomorrow’s Sprint Race from tenth on the grid.

“I’m incredibly disappointed in myself, ultimately, and I’m so sorry to the team, because everyone works so hard to put this car together, and I never like to bring it back damaged.”

“We were fighting for a top three, I think, I don't really have an answer for it. I just lost the back end in turn seven, and that was that.”

“For sure I am encouraged, we weren't expecting to be as close as we were today, so that's a huge positive from the team. But, I'm really quite far back so I don't know what's possible from there but we have a sprint race as well. I hope that tomorrow I can make up for some lost time.”

George Russell had the same fateful end of his qualifying session but with a more positive outcome, as the 24-year-old clocked a time good enough to maintain his P5 starting position for the Sprint Race.

“I wouldn’t say luck [in the way the car hit the barrier], we need to review the crash damage, but there's nothing lucky or fortunate about making a mistake like that.”

“Could have been P4, for sure I was I was attentive up in my lap and absolutely went for it, I thought there was an opportunity to go further up but as it turned out, well, probably not. But we just need to see how much damage is done.”

“I think it's definitely positive signs, we know that we brought some things to the car, we know that Ferrari and Redbull were probably pushing the boundaries with the planks a bit more than the interpretation of the regulation; probably all of these things coming together, came in our favor,” Russell told media after qualifying.

“We're not getting carried away. Lewis was doing a phenomenal job. He was absolutely fine today. I think, I probably went in the wrong direction for qualifying but maybe it’s a good place for the race. And as I said, I feel okay physically, I'm just concerned about the car.”

“I think we ordinarily have better race pace than we do qualifying, and we're definitely there to fight as a team. Probably our best qualifying of the year in terms of pace, but probably the worst in terms of outcome. Yeah, that's racing. We're going for a bit of a tricky couple of races at the moment, but what's more to make up for it.”

Team Principal Toto Wolff stood up for the Mercedes drivers, as he said that Russell and Hamilton: “should never beat themselves up because of crashing out.”

“We’ve given them a car that wasn’t on par for 10 races in a row,” Wolff told Sky.

“Now we’re starting to come to terms [with the car] and we’re able to drive in front and then it can happen that you just lose the car.

“I’d rather have a fast car and a qualifying like this, than not having the pace to be in the top four.”

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